Spoonie Tips for Surviving Fall/Winter

Spoonie Tips for Surviving Fall/Winter


Hi everyone, I hope you all have a great weekend. Today’s post is going to be a little bit different, but it still stays within the topics that I talk about on my blog. I admit that as much as I love this time of year, as the season starts to turn more towards winter it gets a little hard for me. The cold weather makes me ache and the lack of sun just about drains me. You may be thinking to yourself, “But why do you love it?” This time of year lets me create my own sunshine. I find ways to keep myself busy and most importantly healthy.

Now, this is not to say that I don’t still have bad days. I do, just like everyone else. But I try my best to work through them and remember that tomorrow is another day. So today I’ll be taking you through my top tips for surviving fall/winter. I hope you all enjoy and let me know in the comments what helps you get through this time of year.

Use a Weekly Pill Organizer

This may sound like a weird tip, but I just started doing this and I’ve found that it’s helped me so much. If you’re a Spoonie, or if you deal with any sort of health condition like me, you probably take a lot of medication. I’d noticed that I’d gotten really lazy about taking my medicine at night. Sometimes it can be a chore to huddle up all of the pill bottles and get the right dosage of medication.

So each week I’ll set aside time to refill it and it makes my life so much easier. I really like this pill organizer because the capsules come out. I’ll set aside the one I need for that day on my nightstand to remind myself to take it before I go to sleep.

Wake Alarm Clock App

As some have already learned by now, I like to sleep. Not only do I like to sleep, but I’m the worst person to wake up. I admit that I am not a morning person. I’m always really achy when I first wake up and it’s only after I’ve had a cup of coffee and a shower that I start feeling somewhat normal.

I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I don’t think that I will ever try another one. I’m not going to lie and say I don’t still hit the snooze button sometimes, I do. But you have just enough physical interaction with the app to turn your alarm off that it makes waking up a little bit easier.


Stay Hydrated the Right Way

Thursday, I wasn’t feeling the best. I was nauseated for the majority of the day and besides taking one of my nausea pills, I had a whole lot of Canada Dry Ginger Ale to help settle my stomach. I won’t say how much, but it was quite a bit. The occasional soda is fine, but it made me think with flu season upon us, and the air getting so cold and dry now is the time to stay hydrated. I’m making a goal to drink more water and cut down on the sugary drinks.


Dress At Least Five Degrees Warmer Than the Temperature

My sister always says that being a meteorologist is the only profession where you get to lie constantly and keep your job. She was slightly joking when she said that but the point still counts. My fibromyalgia doesn’t act up in the warmer months as much as it is now. When I get cold it seems like it takes forever to get warm and I’ll spend the rest of the day huddled underneath a blanket.

So as an example, Monday it’s supposed to be 66 degrees. There’s 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Factoring all of this in, I’ll dress like it’s 60 degrees outside that way I know I’m warm. It may not seem like much, but a scarf or a hat can make a big difference against a wind chill.


Create Your Own Sunshine

My mom likes to do this by turning on a bunch of lamps in the apartment. She says if the sun isn’t outside than she’ll create it inside. Another way to do this is by making life fascinating. Just because we have ordinary responsibilities to take care of does not mean they have to feel that way.

As an example, say it’s time for your weekly grocery shopping. Each time you go to the grocery store, you take the same route. You’ve gotten so used to driving in this direction that you barely notice what you drive by. This next time, pay attention to your surroundings. You just may discover a new store or what could potentially be your favorite restaurant. Make time for adventure and discovery.


What tips do you have for fall/winter? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Reply Mary

    Really great post that can help lots of people! xx -M

    November 3, 2017 at 4:44 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thanks Mary I really appreciate it 😊

      November 3, 2017 at 4:50 PM
  • Reply nudepinkorblack

    I use a pill organised too! Otherwise I forget 😂 This is such a great post 🙂 xx

    November 3, 2017 at 4:51 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Aren’t they great? Lol at first I felt kind of like an old lady for using it but then I realized how much it helped.

      November 3, 2017 at 5:14 PM
  • Reply DL 💋

    Super cute tips! Defo important to stay hydrated and create your own light!

    November 3, 2017 at 8:49 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you 😊 I’m glad you liked them.

      November 3, 2017 at 9:21 PM
  • Reply Judanna

    That pill organiser looks so useful! x

    November 3, 2017 at 4:52 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      It really is!

      November 3, 2017 at 5:15 PM
  • Reply caitlincx

    I too suffer this time of year! So I completely understand you! I have a holiday coming up in a few weeks so I am super excited… very excited to see how long the vitamin d lasts when I get home 🙈

    November 3, 2017 at 8:56 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Send some my way! Lol

      November 3, 2017 at 9:22 PM
  • Reply vickylawblog

    This is a really useful post! I could seriously do with getting that Wake Alarm Clock App (not just for autumn though, I’m awful all year!)

    Vicky x

    November 3, 2017 at 9:45 PM
  • Reply hebahpervaiz

    Super useful post – I’m sure it will help lots of people 🙂 x

    November 3, 2017 at 5:51 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you Hebah 😊

      November 3, 2017 at 6:01 PM
  • Reply bostonbookreader

    That was a really informative post and will be helpful to a lot of people I’m sure!

    November 3, 2017 at 10:10 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you Kris 😊

      November 3, 2017 at 10:43 PM
  • Reply Katie Henry

    This is great. Fantastic features and such a well written post.

    November 3, 2017 at 11:10 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

      November 4, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    I love this post, very cosy vibe to it & so helpful for many!

    November 3, 2017 at 11:26 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you. I hope someone can use some of these tips

      November 4, 2017 at 3:22 AM
  • Reply kaylaloves

    I’ve recently started using a pillbox and I’ve not missed a day since! I love it!

    November 3, 2017 at 11:40 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      It’s one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. It keeps me from being lazy lol

      November 4, 2017 at 3:26 AM
  • Reply ranteatsleeprepeat

    This is so helpful, thank you so much x

    November 4, 2017 at 7:48 AM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      I’m so glad you liked it 😊

      November 4, 2017 at 2:45 PM
  • Reply Sian Jones

    I agree the cold weather really effects my bad knee and I just feel constantly sleepy.

    November 4, 2017 at 7:53 AM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      I get that way too

      November 4, 2017 at 2:48 PM
  • Reply Sophie

    This was so interesting to read. I’m my absolute happiest this time of year but I’m sure this will be helpful for so many people. I very much appreciate the dress five degrees warmer tip though, as someone who is always freezing I definitely welcome this x


    November 4, 2017 at 2:37 PM
  • Reply theessenceofred

    I totally agree with your mum! If the sun isn’t shining outside then create it inside. I use lamps, candles and any other string lightening I can get my hands on, it definitely makes a difference to me.
    Ffi | The Essence Of Red

    November 4, 2017 at 7:36 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      I have to say it really does make a difference. She’s been thinking about getting some strong lighting for our kitchen

      November 4, 2017 at 9:32 PM
  • Reply OlenaRosanne

    Loved this post. I need to get a pill organizer asap for me and my son. I also like the idea of using more lamps to create sunshine inside. Thank you for all the tips!

    November 5, 2017 at 3:46 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you so much for reading. And I’m telling you, a pill organizer makes life just a bit easier

      November 5, 2017 at 6:49 PM
  • Reply simplyshaiz

    I love the tip on creating your own sunshine!!!!

    November 5, 2017 at 4:42 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thanks! 😊

      November 5, 2017 at 6:49 PM
  • Reply Hello Bexa

    Great tips! 💕 I love the create your own sunshine idea ☺️. That sounds like a good way to improve your mood and feel a little more positive 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    November 5, 2017 at 7:40 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much. It’s something we’ve been trying to do for awhile

      November 5, 2017 at 9:45 PM
  • Reply jessxclare

    Loved this post! Very motivating and inspiring, the creating your own sunshine bit is so cute and positive I love it! XX

    November 6, 2017 at 8:17 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad you liked it 😊

      November 6, 2017 at 8:22 PM
  • Reply Life With Han

    This is such a fab post with some great tips, I love how you said that you create your own sunshine throughout winter, thats such a beautiful thing! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

    December 27, 2017 at 2:23 PM
    • Reply PAE

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it.

      December 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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