Am I being dramatic with such title?
When a friend told me November in Finland was dark and grey, I thought it would be too easy to handle, since I spent a winter upper state New York with shorter days and freezing cold.
So I came with all the enthusiasm ignorance bring. The long days in August and September kept my high hopes, until November came and reality hit me hard…
Since November is different for locals and internationals, I made a very simple “How to survive a dark November for Dummies” List.
I hope you find it somehow useful!
This one is a very easy equation:
Grey+darkness+an international walking on the street= a catastrophe.
GET SOME REFLECTORS.
2. Vitamin D.
The lack of Sun could drive people crazy -or miserable-. Don’t take the chance and take vitamin D.
There are many options, different prices, different sizes. Find one bottle that makes you think you want to take one vitamin out of it every single day and try not to forget it. They are going to be your best friends for the next -dark- months.
3. Weekly gatherings.
With this weather, is very tempting to stay at home and do nothing. I personally find hard to get the motivation to get out and breathe some fresh air. The only other thing that makes me drag myself out of my cozy apartment, is a late-lunch meeting with friends once a week.
Take my advice, get a group of friends and get together to complain about the cold and darkness. Your heart will somehow feel warmer after that.
Forget about the cold outside for one hour and enjoy the 4 monthly turns we have thanks to TYS! Yaaay!!
”In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” Cynthia Rylant