Mentally Preparing for Winter

Autumn is so special when it begins to unfold, but it is, it seems, the season that ends on a desperate note. We look forward to winter passing into the beauty of spring, we look forward to spring passing into the warm weather and vibrant green of summer, and we look forward to summer passing into a cacophony of color for autumn. But at autumn’s end, it is nothing more than stark, bare trees awaiting the cold of winter. And while we can groan and mumble about it, it IS going to happen! So why not set yourself up with preparations and ideas to keep engaged during this time?

Our days are filled with less sunlight hours, making the nights seem endless. Our minds tell us subconsciously that it’s time for bed when the skies are dark, and our bodies sometimes struggle not to give in and go to bed far too early. The holiday season – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years – give us planning to do, but once the holidays are over, the doldrums can set in rather quickly.

One of the things I’ve found that helps me cope with the early darkness at night, and with my S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) is to use what are called “day” bulbs in several of my lamps. These bulbs burn a bright light, very white, and make us feel like daylight is around us.

Being cooped up during artic weather is another difficulty. I suggest taking up a craft, or reading, or saving movies you’ve never seen before to help fill the hours. Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll spend time in the kitchen making all of those comfort foods we seem to crave. Also, winter time is a good time to have your evening meal at the table, instead of in front of the TV. The pleasure of eating is always increased when we choose to “dine” appropriately. If you’ve got kids underfoot, depending upon their ages, engage them by letting them help you prepare a meal. I remember that jigsaw puzzles were always fun during the winter, and they can be a family event.

Just try to find things to do other than relying on social media to fill your hours! It’s important to keep occupied so that your mind is active and not lingering in the sadness that winter can bring in varying degrees to each person. And remind yourself that you will get through it!

I’ll be writing a post on preparing your kitchen for winter next, so stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, enjoy the autumn season as much as you can!

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