The weather in Baton Rouge has finally turned chilly — and it seemed to have happened right overnight, dropping into the low 30s. I haven’t broken out my winter coat yet, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my favorite pair of pink argyle slippers right by my bed and the quilt that’s usually folded neatly at the foot of said bed, is now in full swing.
But aside from the weather, my life has changed a lot in just a few weeks. I’ll be able to expand more on that in the coming weeks, but all I can say right now is that I’ve had a lot of time on my hands. For someone with a history of depression, a lot of time sometimes isn’t such a great thing.
And so, when I’m not working, I’m desperately trying to find those small things that make me happy, like a mug of cinnamon hot chocolate with gigantic marshmallows, served in my oversized, hand-painted John Mayer mug, or a wintery candle burning, a good book (I just started reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt), or a fun-filled magazine (even though I’ve got a subscription, I still get excited when it comes in the mail every month).
Believe it or not, I really do cram all of these things onto a tray (I have a small collection of trays) and park it in the middle of my bed. Seriously. It brings me unprecedented joy.
And although I know everyone isn’t going through the same thing I am, as winter approaches (along with the holiday season), sometimes joy is difficult to find. The winter blues are a real thing (okay, so it’s officially called Seasonal Affective Disorder)! Naturally, I found a few ways to cure the wintery blues:
- Turn on lights in the evening so you’re not sitting in the dark
- Load up on Vitamin D
- Hit the tanning bed (hey, I don’t judge)
- Take a walk outside, when it’s sunny
- Get a pretty, bright colored plant to put inside your home
- Eat healthy, balanced meals (don’t load up on carbs)
What helps you cure the wintertime blues?