The Blue Blah Blues of Winter and How to Cope

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snowWe experienced our first measurable snowfall this day. There were kids outside playing more than shoveling, and a small snowman was erected on my front lawn (by the child sent out to shovel). As the flakes were flying, so were we, searching for snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, and scarves. The joy and happiness permeated throughout the house as hot chocolate simmered on the stove, waiting to warm the hearts and bodies of the neighborhood kids.

Not everyone is excited by colder weather, snow, and long, dark days. As the season changes, many people experience changes in mood, energy, sleep, and hunger patterns. Like the earth, our bodies and minds gravitate toward restoration, yet society continues at a bustling pace.

It’s no wonder that during these seasons we experience more contrast between the shift in our internal energy and the continued societal demand to maintain a dizzying pace. For some people, this contrast becomes deeply rooted during fall and winter, resulting in seasonal depression that clears in the spring.

What can you do to help yourself remain balanced during the winter months? Lauren Stokes, Writer for has outlined 10 tips to beat the winter blahs.

1. Maximize the light you have.

Open curtains, remove screens, clean windows, and trim back tree branches to let in more light. Find a bright location in your home where you can sit or lie down to soak in the sun’s energy. Rearrange furniture in east- or south-facing rooms to maximize natural light. Embrace the natural light, however limited, to help start off the day on the right foot.

2. Reduce obligations that add stress to your life.

Be mindful of what things are necessary and fulfilling. Let go of those things that cause you to feel overextended.

3. Embrace moments of rest.

If you (like most of us) need to maintain a busy schedule through the winter, give yourself permission to absorb and be grateful for moments of rest. It will help you get through the busy moments.

4. Enjoy sunrises and sunsets.

Witness and appreciate the warm, vivid colors of sunrise and sunset. At sunrise, create your intention for the day.

READ HERE for more ideas. If things get too rough, please consult a professional who can help with various types of therapy. There’s no need to suffer winter.



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About the Author:

Lisa enjoys pina coladas and gettin' caught in the rain (and songs by Rupert Holmes it appears). She also home-schools her pharma-free children in her spare-time and has been known to extoll the virtues of cooking with quinoa a little too loudly at her local organic farmer's market in far west suburban Chicago.
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