Beating the Winter Blues


The holidays are over and inevitably, for many of us, the winter blues have begun to set in. Seasonal Affective Disorder (fittingly, SAD) is an all too common condition that many suffer with this time of year.

It never fails that after the holidays come and go and the anticipation of the season is over we all feel a little down. All of the Christmas and New Year’s parties have ended and we now must settle in for the long cold winter ahead.

No one wants to spend three months in sadness. So until March 19 arrives (the first day of spring) it would be helpful to find events to look forward to.

The following is a list of days and ideas that might perk you up or at the least can be used as an excuse for a get together with those you love:

  • Super Bowl

  • Groundhog Day

  • Valentine’s Day

  • President’s Day

  • St. Patrick’s Day

  • Plan a trip to a local museum or science center

  • Stop by a local coffee shop for a warm drink and sweet treat

  • Go to a movie

  • Go to a play

  • Go ice skating

  • Take a scenic train ride

  • Bundle up and take a walk on a sunny day. The sun will be sure to lift your spirits.

  • Call a friend that you haven’t talked to in a long time

  • Browse the Christmas clearance items at the local stores. Now is a great time to buy your Christmas cards and wrapping paper for the next holiday season.