This winter has been pretty tough. I probably say that every year, but until today I’ve felt a lack of energy, and felt that no matter what I did, there were days when I didn’t even want to get out of bed.
Having kids, that’s generally not an option. So I reluctantly drag myself out, make breakfast, take them to school, on some days I work so then I have that to keep me from lazing around the house.
This winter for some reason I have felt the most stressed in a long time. The cold seemed to be never ending, the snow was (and in some parts still is) a mess. And in Chicago we rarely get sun at all during the winter.
These last 2 or 3 days, the sun has come out, and the weather is warming up. And suddenly I found myself FULL of energy. Is this a placebo? Or can the sun really create such good vibes?
I personally believe in the later. I think Vitamin D and the sun in particular are very essential to well being and feeling good. And when we have too many days without it, we can feel ourselves getting depleted, no matter how many vitamins we take.
There is a condition known as S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder, and I often wonder if I have it. Dr. Google seems to think I do haha! When I brought it up to my primary care doctor, she advised I try a sun lamp just for kicks. And it does kind of work, but it doesn’t replace that beautiful warmth you get when the sun is baking on your skin.
In any case, if you’ve been feeling down this winter, know that you’re not alone!
Because we finally have decent natural light, I went out to take some pics, and this is a candid shot, I wasn’t prepared to pose lol. But look behind me… there is still snow, so I’m a little nervous that we’re not through the hurdle just yet.
If there is one thing this cold has taught me, it’s that this Spring and Summer, I’m going to really take advantage of the weather and try my best to be outdoors as much as possible!
How have you been coping with the winter if you’re someplace cold?