I come alive in the summer time. I’m never more creative, my outfits are on point, I’m full of energy, I make lists of new things to do and try, and I’m just plain fun honestly. I spend as much time at the beach as possible, I have tons of easy summer dresses, and a good pedicure is mandatory. Summer is my jam! It’s my favorite season and everyone close to me knows it. So needless to say, I struggle in the winter time when I’m not feeling my best.
It would seem that many sympathize with my struggle as SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a very real thing. About 10 percent of the population is thought to be suffering from SAD. What’s more alarming is that 4 out of 5 people diagnosed with SAD are women!! It’s just not fair.
Because I know that winters are rough for me, I’m very strategic in planning my winter season. When in starts to get cooler, I take take count of the three day weekends and plan some trips. It varies by organization and profession but on average we have about 4 three-day weekends in the winter months. While that includes Thanksgiving and Christmas which are usually spent with family, if you’re creative, you can make both about family and getting away to the sunshine. Short warm weather getaways are a great way to get the vitamin D you need. Can’t afford a trip to the Caribbean? No worries! Find a hotel or spa with an indoor heated pool and jacuzzis. Harrah’s in Atlantic City is a go to spot for me in the winter. Staying at the resort is much cheaper during the winter months averaging about $50 a night.
For me, it also helps to keep up with my beauty routines that are usually associated with summer (i.e. regular pedicures and brazilian waxes). Throwing a summer-themed party is also a great idea. There are many foods and drinks we associate with summer. Invite some friends over, whip up some summer cocktails, and sample each other’s favorite beach snack!
Winter doesn’t have to be a complete downer. You just have to get creative with both your time and wallet. If you think you’re suffering from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, make sure you get profesh help!!