The first of the year is always tough for me. I have written in the past how much I hate winter. The constant cold, snow, and gray brings me down. Last year wasn’t so bad because Ohio experienced an awesome winter of 40 and 50 degree temps most of the season. I was able to run outside and continue normal activities for most of the winter.
This winter is going the way of most, with lots of snow and no sun. Making for a New Year filled with blah, blah and more blah.
The kids get on my nerves more, the clutter of the house frustrates me more, and constantly bundling everyone up to go anywhere makes me cringe.
I thought it would not be so bad with the excitement of moving to a new house and the weight of selling this one gone. I also thought it would help that Michael has been home for the past two weeks on vacation and I have had more space than I normally do to run, read, and game.
But the plain fact is without warmth and sun, my attitude takes a nose dive. After talking with my therapist about for the past 3 winters about the winter blues she had the comforting words, “It’s just something you have to get through”
O boy, that is reassuring. Aren’t you supposed to have strategies or tips?
So today I am trying to think of ways to get myself through the winter months. Hunkering under a blanket and reading will be useful until Michael goes back to work. My sister and I have signed up for a race in Florida during February, which helps, in February. The training does keep me moving and stops me from laying comatose under my electric blanket whenever the kids don’t need my attention. But I still feel listless and crabby.
Even with that, I still struggle feeling listless and crabby. It is even affecting my writing.
So I thought I would throw it out to the internets. One thing I love about social networking and blogging is that I am not alone in my problems. Out there is some other person who struggles through winter just like me. I would love to hear how others combat a case of severe winter blues. It would really help if you could share your strategies on how how you handle the cold dark days of winter and survive until the skies are sunny and the days are warm.
Please help, my husband and family will thank you profusely if you can keep me from turning into crazy mommy.