As I’ve gotten older, I totally get why some people head south for the winter. I live in Wisconsin and have all my life and have no desire to set up a second home and circle of friends, however, I understand the reason.
We need sunshine. I broke my arm in February and it’s now November and my Vitamin D3 levels are still way too low in spite of lots of time in the sun. I realize some people enjoy a cloudy rainy day, but prefer sunshine.
I can see the beauty in the gloominess. Sometimes an early morning fog makes everything almost feel–sacred. I can appreciate the beauty in the cloudiness but I don’t like to live there. And I do love watching the snow fall. If it’s not 25 degrees below zero I’m not even opposed to doing a little shoveling or running the plow.
But too many gloomy days do depress me and I’ve been using a lamp that gives me some sunlight vibes every morning. And I’ll probably have the Christmas lights up before Thanksgiving to add more light and joy to my home.
How about you? Do you struggle with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? What have you found that helps?