Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Conquering the Winter Blues

Every year the same thing happens.

As the days get shorter, I go through a 2-3 week funk that I can't seem to shake.

Dark at 6:30 p.m. & the shortest day is still 5 weeks away.

I can't make myself get out of bed in the morning. I can barely keep my eyes open past 9 p.m. That's not me. I'm the person who is up at 5 a.m. every morning after going to bed at 11 p.m.

I become a hermit (OK, a bigger hermit than normal). I just want to be at home by myself (mainly so I can go to bed by 7:30 p.m.). That's not me. I love grabbing a drink after work with friends, going over to my sisters' homes in the evening and playing with my nieces/nephews or stopping in and saying hi to my parents.

I feel overwhelmed by what's happening at work. I can't concentrate without shutting my door and turning up my music. I get to work later and go home earlier because I'm so tired. That's not me. I'm usually good for 10+ hours at work and then another hour or two on my laptop at home.

I'm sure all of this has to do with the seasons changing and the time change but it's so hard because I'm just not me. I can't imagine if I had to take care of others (children, spouse, pets, plants) right now. I can barely take care of myself.

But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. After a mini-breakdown on a phone call with a friend last night, I think I may be coming through it. I stayed up past 9 p.m. and I exercised while watching hockey (love my mini-stepper). I'm actually looking forward to a night out or two this week.

Bring it on, Winter. I'll survive your cold winds and short days and look forward to better days!

Do you get the winter blues? How do you snap yourself out of them?


  1. Hang in there Miss Megan! You are doing all the right things by exercising and going out with friends. LOVED your new hair. Good to see you yesterday, even if it was just for a brief minute. I chatted about ISA on my blog today. Trying to promote all of Indiana's awesome groups who promote us farmers. You rock at that, and I wanted you to know that your work is greatly appreciated.

  2. Megan, you are experiencing SAD:Seasonal Affective Disorder. Have you tried the special lights that trick your brain into believing the sun is shining more? I have at least two friends that go on a short term course of anti-depressants every year at this time, to get them over the hump. Something to think about. Hoping you are back to snuff ASAP.



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