Spring has sprung here on the Wet Coast, a time when we all celebrate the arrival of cherry blossoms, magnolias and spring blooms. But this year is different. It’s like some bratty child working in Mother Nature’s garden has forgotten to turn off the hose.

Metro Vancouver had the gloomiest March since record keeping began. My fellow Vancouverites and I saw only 70.5 hours of sunshine in total for the month, AND the bitch (Mother Nature) also broke a 61-year-old rainfall record. There just doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, look at today’s radar… it’s so depressing, it’s funny!

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Speaking of SAD, did you know it’s a real disorder? Seasonal affective disorder, to be exact, and it affects about 10-20% of the population in some way. At first I was skeptical of how spring could bring this about, but after these past weeks… πŸ˜‚ Think about it. It’s cloudy, grey and gloomy. The neverending rain is cold, and unapologetic, though I do find myself mesmerized by the drumming sound it makes as it crashes into the aluminum. It’s dark in the morning when we wake up. Allergies set in. We start to worry about how we’ll attain that summer beach bod, forcing us to cut out the only remaining joy… carb-heavy foods.

It’s a bleak outlook for some, but there are ways to cope. Here are some ways I that help me to be my cheery self.

  • Get active! You know from previous posts that I hit Fit In 30 Minutes three times a week. I also get up and walk around the office as much as possible, stand when I can, and hit the Seawall when the sun peaks out.
  • Get out and smell the roses. Yes, even if it’s raining! Everything is coming up green, the trees are budding, spring flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. Believe it or not, you won’t melt.
  • Get your sleep. Be consistent with bedtime, and wake up at the same time every day. This helps to regulate your internal clock and, even if you’re not a morning person, will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
  • Eat healthy. Ditch the heavy-carbs for a healthy, well-portioned meal. Reduce your intake of processed foods and eat more veggies and whole grains. They’ll give you the energy you need.
  • Take your vitamins. The important ones to remember are D3 and B12. My health centre, Qi Integrated Health, offers free B12 shots to members, but there are lots of other options in the city. For all of your vitamin needs, I would highly recommend a visit to Finlandia Pharmacy.

I’m curious to know how you are coping with spring. Leave a comment below to share any additional tips you have!

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