It gets wet and cold around this time of year here in Portland, but just because it’s officially winter now doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy some fun and have a good time with family and friends this winter season. Portland, Oregon is home to many unique cultures, and with such diversity comes an array of ways to enjoy ourselves this winter. With the right attitude, there’s no such thing as the “winter blues.” Staying upbeat, lively, and engaged this winter is all about taking the right steps.
One of the best ways to make the most out of this winter season is also one of the easiest. During the summertime, sunlight is abundant, and warmer temperatures mean we’re often outside to enjoy it. When winter hits, though, it gets darker much faster, and we’re likely to spend more time indoors where it’s warm. Getting sunlight is important in these winter months, as sunlight can help us feel alert and energized. If it’s too cold to be outside for long, opening the windows to let some sunshine in is a perfect way to combat being in the dark. Activities like snow tubing– a local favorite on Mt. Hood– offer a great solution to getting some sunlight, getting some exercise, and spending some quality time with family.
Something else to remember this winter is to pay attention to our diet. What we eat can have a big effect on how we feel, so it’s important to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Winter produce in Oregon is plentiful, so there’s always something new to try. Additionally, fish like trout, salmon, and tuna are known to have omega-3 fatty acids that can help improve mood.
Finally, we can win big this winter by doing one of the things we learned to love through treatment: exercising. According to Harvard researchers, the decreased amount of sunlight in the winter contributes to increased melatonin levels, which can make us feel drowsy and melancholy. Exercising can help give us that jolt of energy we need to feel better, and the output of feel-good dopamines it produces can give us a natural high that carries us throughout our day. For a combo punch to the winter blues, try eating a good, nutritious meal, then enjoying some rigorous exercise in direct sunlight.
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