January 6, 2010

Winter Blues

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:19 pm by Gina

Ciao everyone,

Well school has started again, the packing, moving and unpacking is accomplished and a routine will inevitably fall into place. What is not so inevitable is me getting used to walking in this weather! At 22 degrees with a wind chill that makes it feel like 7 degrees, going out much seems borderline insane! Still, I have a lot of goals and extra-curricular’s I’m involved in and I can only hope that I become a pro at extreme “bundling up.”

I think winter can be a hard time for anyone, but after a little research I found that women suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder the most. 75-80% of people who suffer from SAD are women with the majority being over 30. Often it is caused from a simple lack of light but heredity, age and chemical makeup play a part as well.

Even if one doesn’t suffer from SAD- it is easy to get into a similar type of “winter blues.” Being stuck inside all day, with constant cold and gray skies does not lend itself to a rousing good time! So I challenge everyone to make the most out of their winter. Yes I know, we are all very busy, but I find that in the nicer months we somehow make time to enjoy the elements and our day, so why not in winter also? Go for a walk after dinner despite the cold! Make a snowman, clean your house of clutter to prevent cabin fever, grow a plant indoors for some greenery, open your curtains all the way during the day to let the sun in. Savor and enjoy your hot tea/coffee/cocoa, take a bubble bath, go ice-skating or rediscover the fun things there are to do indoors!

Ha I know I sound corny, but maybe it will help! My plan to not get into a winter slump is to take a slightly smaller workload, stick with a workout plan that includes yoga (something I often give up despite my extreme love for it), let myself have the broccoli cheddar soup, and hopefully build a snowman at some point!

Tell me how you feel about winter! Do you get irritable and moody as many do? Do you love the snow? What is your favorite winter activity- whether inside or outside? A funny story, a question, a fact- anything!

Best friends forever,
~Gina

hahaha 🙂

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6 Comments »

  1. Amanda Gabrielle said,

    I think I do get SAD in the winter months 😦 I love snow, but hate the cold. The best winter activity is zoo lights ❤ Duh.

  2. Julie Mussio said,

    Hi Gina, loved your article and you know I have had my SAD lamp for 20 years now. But I have some news for you. I have been wearing my African earrings a lot and everyone has been commenting on them. A girl at OA did also a girl at the doctors office for my foot and Nicole did. Pretty cool uh? Well glad to hear you will be doing yoga, it is great for you. Take care and keep writing and also tell people to take Vitamin D during the winter when we get no sunshine. Dr. Oz said. Love you Mom.

  3. gina peart said,

    I find that keeping busy “inside” helps the winter blues. I clean out those closets that needed done months ago but who wants to spend sunny summer days doing that! Also i seem to bake more as anything creative keeps my mind active. I really have never felt sad during the winter months. The only winter icky for me is the driving part! Take care girls xo Aunt Gina

  4. gina peart said,

    oh and a ps. to my comment…..guess it helps the winter blues when you know that you are flying out to spend 5 days in Cancun this Sunday!!!!!!!! lol, love you

  5. Aunt Gina!!! YOU ARE SO LUCKY!!!! Have so much fun and be safe!! Wear sunscreen! Mom- thank you for the comment!! I know its a stretch on your computer skills 🙂 I am really happy you like the earrings!! and Amanda, I would totally agree with the zoo lights! I can’t believe we didn’t get a chance to go together!!!
    ~Gina

  6. Anita said,

    I definitly have SAD, I was actually just thinking about it today. I spent a week in Puerto Rico for training trip (our plane took off like half an hour before the earthquake devistated Haiti) and as soon as I got back to New York I felt like the greyness sucked all the happiness away. I just try to remember that it will be summer soon and get out in the sun as much as I can.


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