By: Linda Lee
Very few people actually like bone-chilling cold and cloudy/dreary days, but here’s why you need to stop talking about it!
Winter may have gotten off to a warm start, but now, at its halfway mark, the days are feeling colder and shorter and that is leaving many of us feeling draggy and dull. It’s time to stop saying you hate winter. Surveys have shown that about 4 to 6 percent of all Americans experience ‘seasonal affective disorder’ (SAD) when the days shorten and grow darker. It’s worse in Northern states where sunlight is even more scarce.
Recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that “talk therapy” combats seasonal depression even more effectively than treatment using light.
My theory is that the more you TALK about something you don’t like, the more it affects your mood in a negative way. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t like, think and TALK about the things you do like. If you’re like me and summer and warm weather activities are your thing, start thinking about or making your plans for the summer!
My girlfriend posted a pic on my Facebook page of girls tubing down a lazy river, and said ‘Let’s do this again this summer in Traverse City’…..so I am planning a tubing trip and now everyone is talking and thinking ahead about THAT instead of this frigid cold. Just a thought…..