We Wisdom: Winter blues
|By Anabelle Craig - Contributing writer | February 18, 2018|
Winter. That dreaded six letter word. When it blows in, it is absolutely beautiful. The trees are covered in snow and icicles are hanging from every rooftop. The magical white powder covers everything in sight and the woods are finally quiet except for the odd chickadee or “whoop!” of a skier.
We pray for a white Christmas but then curse its existence by Dec. 27. What is with this time of year? It is like the most beautiful black and white photograph with hints of purple snow and incredible golden sunsets. Yet, somehow we are left feeling like the warm weather will never come. The long nights and shortened days,
coupled with extreme cold, windchill and the missing sun makes this time of year feel like it will last forever. It is breathtaking but this winter wonderland isn’t for everyone and those February blues are a real thing.
By this time of the season, folks are short on sunlight and patience. The endless shovelling, stacking firewood,
unfashionable parkas and the subzero temperatures leave everyone wishing they had a summer home in Florida. But there are ways to beat this gloom.
1. Sunlight. It is hard to find the real source this time of year but an artificial daylight bulb and daily drops of Vitamin D will help keep the emotional vampires away.
2. Although it may seem like fake news, chocolate can help with your mood and counter effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It has been proven that this delicious treat releases endorphins into the
brain and decrease stress and pain.
3. Warm up on a chilly day while dancing to your favourite tunes. Music has the power to turn a frown upside down.
4. Exercise. Yep, it's true. You need to get outside and get moving. Be it skiing, snowshoeing, skating, snowboarding, sledding or snowmobiling, winter will fly by if you spend it outside (albeit bundled up
in a layer of clothing) enjoying what makes us true Canadians. That frigid northern air that blows right through you is sure to put hair on your chest. Or at least that is what my great grandfather would say.
5. If all else fails, hug a bunny or go on vacation.
Daydreaming of warmer times when you can get outside without an extra layer of clothing. Or the longing
looks at the calendar hoping that the groundhog was wrong. The winter blues can really get you down. But don’t let them steal your smile, this town is stuffed to the brim with winter activities. From Frost Fest to fundraising events like Catch the Cure, adventure days of ski races, ice climbing, snowmobile runs and ice fishing derbies. Snowshoeing or sleigh rides with the family and those polar bear dips will get the blood flowing. Concerts aplenty will warm your soul and Winterlicious will
warm your tummy. It will soon be maple syrup season, the days will get longer and we will be wishing for some cool weather all over again. So get outside and make a snow angel.