Winter is coming.
It’s in inevitable when you live in the Midwest. I have a love-hate relationship with it personally, but I’m learning to find the beauty in the white pine trees on my hour commute to work. Feeling bundled up just to go grocery shopping. Making sure you have enough gas to help fuel your car in the dead cold winter days.
Then comes the lack of Vitamin D. When I went to school at the University of Minnesota Duluth, my depression started. I didn’t want to get out of bed, I had a lack of motivation, I had panic attacks. I didn’t feel worthy. I would never wish these feelings upon anyone. I wish I knew what I know now about the resources and the positivity that surround taking care of your mental well-being.
I started seeing a therapist back in Duluth and she was the first person who I heard the phrase “you have depression” from. That was about 3-4 years ago now. It hit me like a s**t ton of bricks. That was in the month of March in 2015. Now, I have found ways to not let depression enter my life. Winter was always such a negative season to me after I was diagnosed. My therapist said that majority of Midwestern’s, especially up north, have seasonal depression. I was so uneducated about it at the time. I knew I wasn’t alone, but what are we supposed to do then? How do we take care of ourselves?
I started learning and educating myself more when the “self-care” movement started. I found that there are so many things we can do to help ourselves flourish even in the dead of winter. I purchased a salt lamp and it gives off radiant positive energy and softens up a room. I also keep a sun lamp on my desk at work for those days where we have not seen the sun in over 72 hours. I love essential oils and you can now find them anywhere. I keep a diffuser in our room, and I put oils in our humidifier. I also keep a diffuser on my desk at work as well.
I have learned to embrace the beauty of winter because well if I plan on living in the Midwest for the rest of my life why not enjoy it. After all, it is winter majority of the year. I am listening to the podcast Rise by Rachel Hollis and she talked about how everyone is busy. Everyone’s life is hectic in its own way. Why not take a moment to take up a new hobby for yourself? The only winter activity I liked was Hockey and I barely skated anymore. Why not learn something new that you have been trying to learn? That is my goal this winter is to try a new winter hobby or lace up those skates once again. Embrace the mess of life and enjoy the little things. Why am I rattling on and on about the winter season? Because it’s time we take back control of our lives and enjoy it! We were put on this earth for a reason and dammit, we might not know the reason yet and we might not find out for years, but in the meantime, we are not going to let seasonal depression take us down.
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For whatever reason, you are reading this, if you are dreading winter… well, it’s coming. Do something for yourself this season. Get that happy lamp, start that new hobby, get outside, or snuggle up on the couch with the book you’ve been dying to read. Watch the movie you keep saying you will go see. Drink that hot chocolate with whip cream on top.
Embrace this beautiful mess we call life.