Hello and thank you for letting me visit again!
Even though our days are growing longer and nature provides some wonderful winter views here in Wisconsin, it's a hard time of year for many. In my area, outdoor temperatures keep most of us indoors instead of enjoying our long nature walks, and many days the sun is obscured by cloud cover. So, we need to find ways to not slip into that seasonal depression.
For some it passes fairly quickly. For others, it lingers, like the cold nights, slowly freezing us in our tracks. For myself, I have found a few work a-rounds.
Some days I become cat or dog like and start searching for the best window where the sunlight is pouring in. Rearranging furniture so I can just sit and bask in the warmth and the light. Closing my eyes and imagining it is summer, soaking up that energy.
But, up here in Wisonsin (and they seem to like to keep running totals of the cloudy days in a row) we miss the sun. Personally, I'm good for two or three days, then I find I am rummaging through my tray of rocky friends for some assistance.
And then there is my fave happy gem, Amber. It encourages a 'sunny' nature that appears gentle and pliable but is actually very self-confident. It encourages you to be spontaneous and open and still hold respect for tradition all at the same time. While not specifically for depression, it dissolves oppositions and makes us more flexible and encourages creativity.
And finally, talk to someone! Call a friend, check on a neighbor or relative, speak with other humans. Get out of your head. As we hibernate, we isolate. When we isolate, sometimes we go down a rabbit hole that is hard to get out of. It is OK to ask for help. If you have no one you feel you can talk to, here is a great resource: Better Help. You won't even need to go out!
Until next time,
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