tuesday--the winter blues

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

good morning! still haven't made it up to see Phyllis yet. Patrick may be coming over today he is in a deep winter funk. I told him I have brownies in a box and a tub of frosting. he can eat half a pan of brownies all by himself and the better part of a tub of frosting. Patrick is thin and has some health issues--so I figure anything I can get into him is helpful. I use fresh eggs and applesauce in the brownies.
its funny about the winter blues. they seem to begin for everyone at about the same time (November) and become their deepest in December around the holidays. whats interesting to me is the fact that they abate at different times for different people. my friend mary ann says hers goes away in January. mine doesn't generally lift until early February. this year its hard to say for sure--I had so much other stuff going on. I think Patrick's hangs on until march. I know mine is related to photoperiod--as soon as the days begin to get visibly longer, I am over it. I am guessing mary ann's starts to go away when the shortening of the cycle stops. patricks I think is more related to being able to go outside. I try to run outdoors as much as the weather will allow--so maybe I just manage to get what little sunshine there is through the season. it doesn't help that the part of Indiana we live in has a higher amount of cloud cover all the time because of lake Michigan. this winter in particular was extremely cloudy for the first 1/2 or so--its getting much better now.
I think having my plant lights going in the basement helps too--as the babies sprout and more lights come on to grow them I find myself spending more and more time in that room--I love to be around the plants, but I think I also love to be around the light.
have a great (sun filled) day!
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    I have always appreciated all 4 seasons: the first crocuses and long day of Spring, the first sighting of fireflies in Summer, the first snow of Winter, and the first grey day of Autumn. I love still, quiet, grey days...all the better to curl up with a good book, spend some time knitting, or try out a new recipe, go for a quiet walk. It's a time to calm down after the frenzy of summer activities and plan for winter. But that's me!
    1698 days ago
  • JANET552
    I never thought about timing on seasonal depression but you are probably right that it affects people differently. I think I am like you but now that I an retired, I can walk outside in the winter during the day and I believe it has helped me a lot.

    I hope you can help Patrick feel better today!
    1699 days ago
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