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I am just back from spending a few days on the Sunshine Coast and I am feeling rejuvenated from spending some time in such a calm, peaceful, and sunny (the Coast lived up to its name!) setting. The sunny weather and the positive effect it had on my mood got me thinking about how much winter weather can affect my mood, especially living on the west coast with our wet and grey winters.
During the winter months, it is quite common for people to get the “winter blues” and to feel sluggish, unmotivated, tired, and unhappy. In Vancouver, where the rain and grey skies can last for weeks at a time, it is incredible to see the difference a day of sunshine can have on a person’s attitude and mood. While everyone’s mood can be affected in some way by the weather, for some people the long, dark winter days can affect them quite dramatically and some may experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – a kind of severe depression (for more information on SAD check out http://heretohelp.bc.ca/publications/factsheets/sad. If you feel you may have SAD, talk to your doctor).
While we wait for warmer, sunnier weather to arrive with spring, there are some strategies that can help to beat the winter blues as we wait:
Best of all, spring is just around the corner! So keep your eye out for signs of spring – I have seen them everywhere, including tulips starting to pop up and even a rhododendron bush starting to bloom!