November is such a bitch. This will be my eighth Scottish winter so the early sunsets shouldn't come as a shock. Yet I was spewing with indignation on Monday afternoon as I walked home from the bus stop through horizontal rain and pitch black darkness, "THIS IS INHUMANE! HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO LIVE LIKE THIS!?"
I'm not alone though. From colleagues to friends to old ladies on the bus, this week everyone was talking about the urge to do nowt but curl up on the couch beneath a blanket until April.
We're recording a new podcast next week and will be tackling a question on this subject from listener Tuuli from Finland:
Any tips on how to avoid the hibernation effect? The one where suddenly you really really really want to do nothing but spend the next four months sitting at home in the dark doing constant bicep curls from the biscuit tin to your mouth?
Yes, it's winter time up north and my body and subconscious have decided that a warm layer of lard is the season's fashion accessory no 1. Oh dear.
I have my own coping tips to share but I was wondering what works for you guys? Light boxes, Vitamin D, lunchtime walks, yoga, fleeing to your Caribbean island? I'd love to hear what keeps your healthy and happy through the dreary months.
If you're up for us sharing your thoughts on air we would of course link back to your blog and/or Twitter page on the Two Fit Chicks blog.
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