There are SO many things I love about Oregon. I could make a lengthy list. The late fall and winter is hard. We do not get very much sun. It rains a lot. My kids get stir crazy. I have lived here over six years now and here are some tips for surviving this time of year.
1) Take Vitamin D. My doctor said most people in the Pacific Northwest are deficient because we do not get much sunlight the majority of the year. My children’s previous doctor back in Michigan said Michiganders are deficient in the winter months.
2) Get outside. Strap on those rain boots, open that umbrella, or pull out that winter parka. Even if you live in a place where there is little sun, the outside air and natural light will boost mood. Even just a short walk to the store or around the block helps. Or walk around the yard with your kids
3) Practice aromatherapy. I love putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil in my shower in the morning. A wonderful way to wake up! I diffuse a few drops of peppermint oil in my house for a fresh scent. I am also told peppermint oil helps those who deal with head aches. I have been using a lavender armoatherapy body cream for dry skin. Aura Cacia has tons of recipes on their website and facebook page.
4) Keep rainy day activities on hand for your kids. I don’t prepare crafts for my kids each day. But I do keep certain puzzles, games, activity books, and toys in the attic or in our guest room. I pull them out when the kids are moping around the house with nothing to do.
5) Exercise! I think it is way more motivating if you can get out of the house to do it. Personally I am not very motivated and I get very bored when it comes to exercise DVDs. Often gym memberships offer specials (and also check Groupon) during the holidays or in January. Some offer punch card deals or short term memberships. Also check local colleges and universities–some offer passes to alumni or the general public.