According to various research studies, seasonal depression is very common in Estonia due to the long, dark, and harsh winters. In the depths of winter the days are really short and we rarely see the sun, not to mention the freezing temperatures that can drop as low as -30° C. It's no wonder people living here get sad and tired! Luckily, during my 20+ years of having to cope with Estonian winters, I've learnt a few tricks to make them more bearable.
1. Get your vitamins
One of the main reasons we get so sad and tired during winter is vitamin deficiency. Firstly, we don't produce nearly as much vitamin D as we need because of a lack of sunshine. One solution is to take a trip to a warmer country, but many of us don't have this possibility. Another option is to occasionally visit a sunbed, but this comes with health risks, plus a lot of people tend to overdo it and end up looking like grilled chickens. Vitamin D of course isn't the only vitamin we have a shortage of. During winter the availability of many fruits and vegetables is limited, and the ones that are available often taste like plastic (have you ever tried those sad reddish rocks they call tomatoes?). Long story short – it's important that you get your vitamins somehow, whether from tasteless fruit or from a jar. Just make sure you get them!