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How do you beat the winter blues?
I don’t know if SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is just an overused term for the winter blues or it truly is a diagnosis. I would need to look it up. I’ve been told I suffer a degree of it. Personally, I think a lot of people have a harder time during the winter. We don’t get to see as much sun, and the temperatures are too cold to venture outside a whole lot. I work in a warehouse building and my office has no windows. I get a brief amount of sun on my way to work, and it is well on it’s way to being down when I head home.
They say that exercise is good when you are down. When you can get yourself to do it. Right now, the best exercise for me is walking and unfortunately the only time walking appeals to me is when I know I can listen to an audiobook. The problem with this time of year arises when I have a fear of walking in the dark with headphones in. I’ve watched too much of the ID channel I think. So, I have to try and come up with other ways to help myself get over this dark time. I have to admit, the winter blues usually come out the winner in my battle. There are a couple of things that give me a little bit of peace over the season though.
I find listening to a book relaxes me so much. I find it hard to listen at any other time other than the car, but I could sit in traffic for hours and not mind. Audiobooks are such a great transition for my commute time. The relaxation makes it so much easier for me to leave work stress behind and be ready to face stuff at home.
This one can actually go either way. Sometimes I find crafting really frustrating, and other times I feel like creating something lifts my spirits.
I think the basic theme of my solutions is distraction. If I can get into a good book, then it doesn’t really matter to me what the season, it will make me feel better. I get excited and immersed into a story, forgetting the blues altogether.
There are few things that do help me out of the winter blues, so this is normally a pretty hard time of the year for me. It’s good to know that spring is right around the corner and I’ll be able to shake off this heavy load. If it wasn’t for tornadoes, spring would be the best season ever!
Seeing as I have so few ways to get out of the winter blues, I would love to hear what you do. What makes you feel better during this time of the year, when it is dark and cold outside?