- exercise—cardio boosts my mood, and combined with blaring of my favorite music while doing cardio is even better
- vitamins—multi vitamin plus Vitamin D, fish oil, and calcium
- lightbox—I use the the small GoLite for 20 minutes early in the morning while checking e mail, my calendar, and schedule for the day.
- escape—to Mexico, Hawaii, or even Southern California. Go to the sun if it isn't coming to me.
- give in—hibernate in blankets, escape into a TV series (hello Downton Abbey)
This is what it feels like to Portlanders when the sun comes out in February:
We are but moles who are blinded by the glowing orb in the sky.
We've been doing a lot of walking and running lately. (Winter carb craving requires exercise.) And Saturday began with fog that then emerged to brilliant blue skies and sunshine. We ventured to a favorite park for our regular loop, and the sun did two things. 1. I could barely open my eyes in the brightness of it all; and 2. I was filled with a happiness of such great proportion that I verged on the edge of crying with gratitude and joy. Gratitude and joy to simply be healthy, out in the world, with the person I love most in the world, experiencing a brilliant day. We did two loops through Cathedral Park, instead of one, weaving under and around the glorious St Johns bridge.
This may sound very silly to people who don't live in the darkness of winters like we do here. A recent Portlandia episode captured it perfectly.
And so it was this Saturday: we were living inside a Portlandia episode. The thrill of sunshine, the brightness of it all, the awakening of our lives from the blue air and dark grey.
I'm going to get through this winter thanks to moments like these, and my arsenal listed above. I'm also counting down the days to Maui.