Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Beating the Winter Blues

I’m sure that Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. But in a way, I think we’re all affected by the change in seasons. Some people are summer people (which I can’t quite comprehend). I personally love fall and spring. Part of it is the mild temperatures but mostly it’s the promise of change. In the spring, it’s the promise of warmer weather with the tiny blossoms and buds everywhere. In the fall, it’s the promise of cooler weather symbolized by the changing color of the leave.

And then there’s winter. It can be stark, and bleak, and downright cold.

Today’s Writing Prompt: How does winter make you feel and what do you do with those feelings?

Here we go…

stream of consciousness Sunday

I realize I’ve been hibernating for quite a while. I’ve been inside day in and day out for what feels like years. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a temperate kind of gal – not too hot, not too cold.

Contrary to what you might think, I LOVE California but I wouldn’t want to live there. I would miss the change in seasons. I would especially miss winter. I’ve never minded winter but much like summer, I find myself hibernating more and more every year.

In the summer, I feel somewhat justified. Here in the south, it gets to be ungodly hot. And even when it’s not that hot, the humidity makes the temperatures feel unbearable. I can go outside to mow the lawn (fairly easy task with a self-propelled motor) and stop at least three times because I feel on the verge of heat stroke.

Lately, I’ve started to exercise. More specifically, I’ve started walking and running. And I’m doing it outside. I’ve never liked the idea of exercising inside even though a climate-controlled atmosphere has its appeal.

I’ve resdiscovered winter in the south. I’ve been making sure the temperature is above 40 degrees. I dress appropriately (I’m fine with the cold as long as I don’t get cold). And I try to make sure it’s a sunny day.

I ran today and it was a clear, crisp, cold, but absolutely beautiful day. It’s not winter I mind. It’s the dreary gray skies that bother me. So on those days, I’ll cozy up to the fire. But on the other days? I’m going to embrace the lovely winter blues.

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

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1. Grab the button

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2. Write your post.

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  • Broot Floondragon

    Heh prompt doesn’t work for me today because it’s 24c outside and the middle of summer here in New Zealand! ;)

    • Anonymous

      That sounds lovely!

    • Anonymous

      I thought about that. But I usually assume the world revolves around the U.S. ;)

  • http://dominiquegoh.com/ Dominiquegoh

    It’s great that you have managed to get some exercise outside in the snow.. we don’t have seasons here.

    • Anonymous

      Where are you?  I like fall best. Since it’s the beginning of a school year, it always seemed like a new beginning.  

    • Anonymous

      I would miss having seasons. The thought of change is what keeps me going!

  • Anonymous

    I woke with every intention of running, then the cat jumped in the bed and all bets were off.  In PA it is bitterly cold! And a run doesn’t seem possible.  I know that’s more excuse than anything, but I prefer spring, early summer mornings, and fall.  Winter just seems cruel.

    • Anonymous

      If it were bitter cold here, I would definitely rethink my running schedule. So far, I’ve been able to plan for the dry, moderate days (like today). If it gets bitter here, all bets are off!

  • http://twitter.com/librajenn Jenn

    I agree that we’re all affected by the change of seasons too. I think for me it’s having less light and getting dark so early in the day. Good for you, keeping up with running!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the light! That’s really what it boils down to. It is depressing when it gets so dark so early. But the days are getting longer!

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    This winter has been weird.  I’m not really a winter person and I do have SAD, but I’m a little disappointed that I haven’t experienced my first South Dakota blizzard yet.  It’s weird.  I’m not going to complain about it getting into the 60s in January, though,  

    Kathy @Little Cheesehead on the Prairie

    • Anonymous

      I feel like if it’s going to be cold, it should go ahead and snow. I’m not a fan of dealing with the temperatures and not having any reward for it!

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  • http://twitter.com/AmeenaFalchetto Ameena Falchetto

    How’s the running going? 

    I have to say I’m over winter even if it really isn’t that cold in the South of France. I just saw your writing prompt when I linked up – yes, I am over winter. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m thrilled that we’re closing in on the end of January and it’s going to be near 70 today. But only for the sake of running. I’m still going – slow but steady!

  • http://mjdresselbooks.wordpress.com/ Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    I’m with you, Fadra. Give me spring and autumn and I’ll be happy. I do know northern California has the season changes and with a kid who lives there I don’t know why I spend winter in Michigan. Bleh–  I don’t like the cold and hibernate most of the winter, too. My exercise is on the treadmill in the bleak basement, but it’s something. Good for you for walking and running. Running is a feat in itself. I’m waiting for spring, even though we’ve had a mild winter so far. I say this as I look out at yesterday’s snow fall. Not bad but enough to shovel. But the sun is shining!

    • Anonymous

      I remember when I lived in Cleveland. The magic of the snow disappeared. It became gray and slushy and downright annoying. I guess I should be thankful for the winter I have!

  • http://jah-justjennifer.blogspot.com Jennifer Hall

    Wow, this is like serendipity. I got up and was thinking, maybe I’ll do an SOC post today. And I was thinking about wintery things. I love how zen blogging can be!

    • Anonymous

      Totally ZEN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Fadra, you and I are totally in the same place.  I used to be outside so much more but seems like since having kids it is harder and harder to have any time to myself outside.  And I end up busy with kids and work indoors, and the days slip by.  But I do feel better after some fresh air, and definitely need the motivation to stop being so “indoor”.  It’s not really me, it’s just become an easy way to run things around here. 

    I played in the deep, new snow with my kids this morning.  And I enjoyed it.  

    Baby steps.  ; )

    • Anonymous

      Yesterday, I didn’t set foot outside once. That’s so depressing to me. Today, it’s warmer and it’s a running day. I’m looking forward to going out even though it’s a crazy weather day here.

  • http://www.livinglavidanormal.com SimplyGabriela

    Congrats on running outside! I know the weather has always affected me. Like you, I think it’s gray skies that get to me, year round. We don’t have clearly delineated seasons here in the San Francisco Bay Area but we have the possibility of fog year-round. I absolutely love and need to see the sun. I’m definitely much more chipper when I get a dose of sunshine.

    • Anonymous

      Yes – the gray skies. When I lived in Cleveland, the winter was annoying enough but it was the 6 months of gray skies that always got to me.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you! I’m a Fall/Spring girl, too. I have found, though, that being outside during the Winter makes it more invigorating and inviting than sitting inside with Cabin Fever. Plus, if I bundle up enough, it’s not *that* cold. Especially if I go outside for a run, which I used to do. (but haven’t in years)

    • Anonymous

      Yes – it can be invigorating! Like you, as long as I’m bundled up, I can usually be a big girl about it!

  • http://www.raising-humans.com/ Tricia

    I’m a temperate kind of gal too – but I love that you’re finding ways to enjoy all the colors of winter :)

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad I’m out there. It is refreshing. Just wish I would do it more often.

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  • Anonymous

    Exercise REALLY does make a difference. But I would rather just move to California. :)

    • Anonymous

      I love California but I’m not sure I could ever leave the East Coast!

  • http://chroniclesofpookahsmom.com Rose’s Daughter

    I actually hate the winter. I hate that you get stuck inside the bone chilling cold. I hstecthe factvthe all the trees and flowers are dead. Im the opposite of you really. I love the summer. Even though I complain bitterly about the heat and humidity of the south I LOVE it. But spring is my favorite. The flowers blooming the trees coming back to life. LOVE IT.

    • Anonymous

      Like you with winter, I feel trapped inside with all of the unbearable heat and humidity in the summer time. It will be a more of a challenge for me  when that rolls around!

  • Gooddayregularpeople

    Exercise, anything: a 30 mind DVD , so important for me in the winter.

    Really.

    SCAREY important.

    xo

    How you been, girl????

    • Anonymous

      Good, busy, changing. Not doing well keeping up with others. I need to visit your space soon.

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