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The Most Ridiculous(ly Effective) Ways to Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Long ago, a prophecy foretold of a time when the world would get cold and dark and many people would feel great despair. The legends say that this time was called “Winter and Also Probably a Good Chunk of Fall.” As I’ve mentioned before, I’m lucky enough to not have had any serious issues with depression, but I definitely get hit with S.A.D. without fail when pumpkin spice season rolls around (That’s short for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Eyeroll @ science for the worst acronym ever).

Thankfully, there are solutions! Aside from the obvious (eating well, exercising, seeking help if it’s lasting/serious), there are a handful of other methods I’ve compiled over the years that’ll help alleviate your seasonal depression. Trust me, I’ve tried ’em.

  1. Wear a bathing suit under your clothes
  2. Pretend that the gross, slushy street outside your house is a Slip’n Slide
  3. Set your phone alarm to be the “Lime in the Coconut” song
  4. Cover the floor of your room with sand
  5. Grow a palm tree
  6. Choose the most tropical-sounding smoothie from your local smoothie dispensary. I’m talking Aloha Island Punch or Mango Monsoon. None of that Green Booster nonsense
  7. Have your cousin in Australia bottle some sunlight and mail it to you. Don’t have a cousin in Australia? Trick an Australian into thinking they’re your cousin
  8. Change your phone’s wallpaper to a tropical reef
  9. Don’t take your sunglasses off. Like ever
  10. Have a coconut on hand at all times
  11. Start parasailing to school everyday! Actually, this is a terrible idea. Don’t do this. It would be super cold and it’s probably pretty dangerous parasailing over roads. Maybe get a temporary tattoo of a parasail and leave it at that
  12. Change up your playlist so it’s just every song of the summer going back twenty years or so. Devote an entire day just to bringing back Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls”
  13. Start buying tropical versions of all your favorite candies
  14. Invite the whole neighborhood for a summer-themed winter barbecue. Wear the most summer-y winter coats you own, or bathing suits over your ski jackets
  15. Going indoor tanning is bad for you, so instead just put a heat lamp in your room and drape yourself over a beach chair with a summery book.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream or A Thousand Splendid Suns, for example
  16. Hula skirts
  17. Pretend the New Year’s fireworks are Fourth of July fireworks
  18. Throw an indoor pool party
  19. Cover your bed in inner tubes from that pool party
  20. Treat yourself to a little more ice cream than usual (seven scoops instead of five)

How do you keep going in the winter months?