We’re all feeling those damn winter blues

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a highly emotional girl in an oftentimes sadness.jpgunforgiving world, is that every feeling you have is only temporary. You can choose to look at this one of two ways: 1) that feelings of lucidity, clarity, and maybe even happiness are only fleeting; or 2) that feelings of desolation, bleakness, and hopelessness are only taking over your brain for a period of time; a period of time that will indefinitely run its course. Either way, I’ve found a certain peace in accepting that these turbulent ups and downs are out of my control. They’re out of everyone’s control. 

I know that I’m not alone in often thinking: Is something really wrong with me? It can’t be normal for me to feel this unhappy all the timeJust yesterday my neighbour dropped by and the very first thing she said was: this winter is really starting to get to me. I think it’s getting to all of us, and short of getting on the next flight to Cuba and becoming a beach vendor, there’s not a whole lot we can do about it.

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Fighting the Winter Blues


As winter progresses, and the days become shorter, many people begin to experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, and lethargy. This phenomenon is often referred to as “seasonal affective disorder” or SAD.  If you are experiencing SAD, you may n20140111-175511otice that you have a lack of motivation or are feeling unusually sluggish. This can be particularly challenging for those who already struggle with anxiety or depression. It can also be challenging if you are a student, as you may be finding it difficult to study or write exams. It can be easy to fall into a routine of staying inside a library, oversleeping, and generally being unproductive. To help combat these symptoms, I usually find that taking some time to care for yourself is essential. I admit that I am guilty of spending hours studying without breaks and not stepping outside of my house, but I have found a few things that have helped me manage my stress levels and improve my energy. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Start your day off right.

I find it helpful to start my day with a short meditation – it could even be five minutes long if that’s all the time you have. I usually follow this up with some gentle yoga, maybe for about 15 or 20 minutes. The key is to have a morning that isn’t rushed or stressful – if you can begin with a calm morning, any stress you experience during the rest of the day will be easier to manage, as you will not be as frazzled. Yoga can also help energize you, get your blood pumping, and give you fuel for the rest of the day.

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