Ever hear of SAD? It's basically when you're buried under 5 feet of snow, it never gets above 25 degrees, the sky is perpetually overcast and grey, and it lasts 5 fricken months. It's physiological explanation is the lack of vitamin D that you would normally get naturally from sunlight.
I definitely have it pretty bad this year. I don't feel like doing a damn thing. Just wondering if anyone up here in the Northeast has any good remedies. If so, lay um on me!
I lived in New England for 45 years and now live in Portland, OR (no sun from November - May). So, I am very familiar with SAD.
First, avoid the constant TV, snack food and beer routine (not that there is anything wrong with the beer part), since it feeds on itself and makes things worst (not to mention increasing weight). The more you sit, the worse you feel, the worse you feel, the more you sit........
Surviving the winters in New England means developing new interest and activities that only take place during that period.
- Outdoor activities: down hill and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, skating, hiking (when there is no snow)
- Indoor activities: hitting the gym, organized indoor sports, book clubs and hobbies like modifying a VN750
- Volunteering: church, civic groups, charities, etc.
All of these ideas have 2 things in common; they stimulate the mind through planning, commitment and anticipation and stimulate the body through physical movement. Basically, stay busy and physically active
(this is key) and spring arrives before you know it. Meetup.com, Cragslist, church bulletins, local coffee shop bulletins are great places to find groups that share your interests. Also, daily vitamin D and fish oil supplements do help a lot.