Bad weather is threatening, snow is falling, and those of us with travel plans are scrambling to find out if we're going to have to make changes. I hate traveling in winter time, but some of the best experiences I've had are with close friends, huddled inside where it's warm, brainstorming new books. Um, did I mention those are writing friends?
I've mentioned before how important face time is, and I believe it's especially a big deal right now, when we tend to hide at home and avoid the weather. My mother, 84, lives alone in the country, and she's not able to get out on the snow because her car is not snow worthy. I'm trying to visit her more often, and she won't leave because she wants to keep her pipes from freezing. She's getting more and more despondent, because she doesn't have any face time with her friends.
If you're a hermit like me, this may be one of the worst times of the year, when you're alone, you're depressed from lack of sunshine, and the more depressed you get, the less likely you are to get out and be with people. Online, oh, yeah, you'll find a lot of time online, but that just doesn't cut it for me.
Fight the temptation to hide. We need living, breathing friends now more than ever. Take some vitamin D, take a chance and laugh a little with some of your sunniest friends, and then when you get back home, settle by the fire and read a funny book. Practice joy even in the midst of winter.
If anyone has any other ideas about how to fight the winter blues, would you PLEASE share? Because even though I follow all the above instructions and see my physical therapist every other day, I'm still drowning in winter. Help?