As winter drags on and on, it can start to feel like you're living in a never-ending snow globe. The freezing temperatures, the slippery sidewalks, and the endless darkness can start to wear on your mental health.
Lately, I have been hearing people say how much they have started to hate this winter. My Wife said to me just the other day that this winter seems to have been going on forever when we got our first snow in November. She used an expletive in there somewhere, but you get the gist. A friend of mine compared it to living in Hell, I am not sure how he knows what that is like, but I get it. This winter is the winter that wants to go on forever.
Did you know that the winter blues is a real scientific thing?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that can affect individuals during the winter months. Reduced exposure to sunlight can lead to a shortage of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. Additionally, the cold weather can cause people to feel isolated and less motivated to engage in activities they enjoy, which can also contribute to feelings of depression.
But fear not, dear readers! I have thought of some ways you can combat the winter blues.
• Embrace your inner child: Nothing beats a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Grab some friends, bundle up, and let the snowballs fly. Just make sure you don't hit any unsuspecting pedestrians.
• Binge-watch your favorite shows: Who needs sunshine when you have every steaming serving you could ask for? Stay cozy inside and marathon your favorite shows. Bonus points if you watch them while wrapped up in a blanket burrito. My top suggestions are The Office, Stranger Things, and the old version of Ducktales.
• Take up a new hobby: Winter is the perfect time to try something new. Maybe you've always wanted to learn how to knit (not me, but maybe you have), or perhaps you're curious about snowshoeing (again, not my thing, but you might like it). Whatever it is, find a new hobby to keep you entertained and distracted from the frigid temperatures and endless amount of snow we have.
• Host a winter-themed party: Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't have fun. Throw an abominable snowman-themed party with hot cocoa, cozy blankets, and all your favorite winter snacks. Give extra points to the person with the best costume or, better yet, who looks like an actual Yeti. I have those friends you do, too.
• Invest in a SAD lamp: Combat the winter blues by investing in a SAD lamp, which mimics natural sunlight and can help improve your mood.
So there you have it, folks. Winter may be long and dark, but with these tips, you'll be able to survive with your sanity intact. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Yeti costume to try on!