Wintertime Blues


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Hello, friends! As wintertime begins its approach, are the changing of the seasons and the climate having negative effects on your mood? If so, you're not alone. It was even believed by the Greek physician Hippocrates that the seasons can negatively affect people's moods. A common name today for this type of depression related to seasonal changes is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Personally, as the days get shorter and the temperature drops, all I find myself wanting to do is hibernate like a bear by staying in, curling up into a comfortable ball, and sleeping until spring returns. However, since God did not design us humans in that manner, I can't possibly do that. So what can we do to fight the wintertime blues? What are some things that you have successfully tried?

Well, for those like me who need suggestions, wikiHow offers 12 tips that may help brighten things up. One of my favorites is number 7--take up a winter activity. Now I can't see myself skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, sledding, or tubing. But because I am a lover of nature, I can definitely get into winter photography and nature observation--also, possibly a little hiking and maybe a tad of cycling (haven't ridden a bicycle in eons).

Another tip I'm partial to is number 11--cozy up your home. Hey, since it's our haven and we'll probably be confined there a lot during the winter months, might as well make it comfortable, huh? Something as simple as hanging colorful artwork and tossing around some decorative pillows can enliven the entire atmosphere.

Anyway, I'm sure you get the picture. So as wikiHow says, Embrace winter, and it cannot be your enemy!

And as always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine

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