Blue sky, sunshine, a gentle breeze blowing through the warm tropical air, birds singing to the dawn of the early morning, the scent of the ocean nearby; it’s all sounding pretty nice right now. Even the bug bites sound pretty good.
The long, dark winters of the Northwest tend to make some people crazy…like me. I don’t have much room to talk or complain though, as I am escaping soon to travel south. By Sunday evening, I will be landing in El Salvador, welcomed by 70 degrees and Central America’s hospitality. By day, I will be sweating in the hot sun of 90 degrees, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush green tropical foliage. Though I won’t have time for a beach, I certainly will enjoy warmth.
I am pretty pathetic. I have been home from Peru less than a month and already anxious to find a warm, happy place. I feel bad my family can’t come with me this time, but bring on the sunshine, and lets get the sunglasses out. Where is my sunscreen?
Seasonal depression is common in my area. I have been a victim of it myself, and for years, I fought the battle of the blues that comes with cold days, gray skies, endless rain and darkness. My husband has been victim to the wife who suffers, and he has dealt with my crazy ideas to break the cycle of cabin fever. The ideas that I have brought to him over the years to “cure’ me, involved remodeling the entire house, moving, building a sun room, to taking vacations to the tropics. Steve just kind of tolerated my crazy whims and appeased me by occasionally agreeing to the tropical vacations when we could afford it. We never did move, remodel or build that sun room.
I am grateful that I have been relatively healed from my winter blues for the most part. Travel has been a blessing and I can tolerate the Northwest again because I frequently get to leave it all behind.
The Northwest is slowly creeping out of it though, and hints of spring are hiding behind the corner. Each morning comes a little earlier with the light, and no longer is it dark by quitting time. The sky is often grey, but we have had days with sunshine.
The summers are amazing too and there is no place in the world like Seattle or Portland on a warm July day.
I still do have days where I feel the boredom of winter, especially when the rain seems to never cease, but I try not to let it conquer my spirit.
Here are a few ways I have waged war on my winter blues (other than my travel).
There is no scientific proof that this will cure anyone else of winter issues, but these things have helped me.
My biggest cure for the blues, is finding something that I can look forward to. Whether it be a vacation, or a special event, a Compassion missions trip, there is something fun about having a plan or an event to look forward to. Unfortunately, these things cost money, so making a plan far in advance is key. Steve and I save a year out for most of our big trips. 2014 is already in the works.
Anyone else deal with winter blues? How do you cope with it?
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