Getting Through Winter In Seattle

People who live in Seattle complain about the rain a lot. That’s because we have a lot of it, especially from late Fall to Winter months. Some people have a hard time with this kind of weather, even experience depression of sorts, sometimes called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder.) I wouldn’t call it a disorder. It’s just a condition when the lack of sufficient sunlight affects the mood of some. Many people experience it. Fortunately, there are things you can do to remedy it. Here are some tips on getting through winter in Seattle.

Surviving winter in Seattle

Seattle really isn’t that cold in the winter, compared to some parts of the country. Most of the time it’s rather mild. What bothers many is the combination of the temperature and an overcast sky. It’s like those movie scenes when the director wants to create a gloomy atmosphere.

Check with your doctor about Vitamin D

Many people take Vitamin D to remedy this situation. Since every person is different, you might check with your healthcare practitioner to determine the ideal dosage of Vitamin D for you. Biotics Research has a liquid D-mulsion. For some people, a couple of drops a day would work. Check with your practitioner for recommendation.

Full-spectrum light

Full spectrum light is simulated sunlight. It helps your brain perceive that there is sun, so it starts adjusting itself chemically. Choose one with 10,000 lux to be effective for your purpose. Verilux makes full spectrum light. They are portable and light weight, so you can carry it from room to room, or from home to office. In fact, you can use it as a reading lamp. There is even an alarm that gradually lights up your room using full-spectrum.

These are 2 things you can do to quickly shift your mood if you are affected by the overcast sky. Also, don’t just stay home. Going outside even for a little while can help too.

Newcomers to Seattle may not be aware of how the weather here can affect some people. They may think it’s just being new to a city and not knowing anybody that cause them to feel uncomfortable. If you are new, or if you know someone who is new to this city, the article on Tips for newcomers to Seattle will offer some helpful ideas to make their adjustment period easier.

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