In general, I don’t mind the Winter months. Throughout this time of the year, I fully welcome the chance to hibernate and enjoy all the comfort a warm home brings. Add to this lots of beautiful snowfalls and I’m pretty much in heaven. However, let’s face it, Winter can suck the life out of you too and feel incredibly long. I’m definitely feeling the latter as of late.
Over the past week, the temperatures have been dropping quite drastically. Even though I’ve been living in Canada for over 15 years now, this still comes as a bit of shock to my system each year. The last few days have been around -20 to -30 and it’s not going up much any time soon. As you can imagine, being outside isn’t much fun at all. Trips outdoors have been pretty short and only done when necessary.
As a result, a mixture of the Winter blahs and cabin fever has set in and my creativity, motivation and general mood has taken a bit of a dive. When you feel stuck at home (or stuck in general I suppose), it’s easy to get locked inside your own head isn’t it? Often a dangerous place to be if you ask me. You doubt yourself. You question everything. You feel isolated. Everything just feels “meh”. You know the drill. Admittedly, I can feel this way any time throughout the year but it always tends to feel slightly worse during the Winter don’t you think?
Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom. These feelings are coming in waves and I’m just trying to ride them out. One thing I’ve been doing to make things (and myself) feel more cheerful around here is buying plants. I already had quite a few but this week I picked up a snake, jade and goldfish plant to add to the collection. The hit of green is refreshing and a much needed reminder that Spring isn’t too far away.
What about you? Suffering from a case of Winter blahs? Cabin fever? If so, what tricks do you have up your sleeve to snap yourself out of it?