After weeks of endless family events, dinner parties and very few spare moments, the New Year lull is a welcome break. The thing is, it can also be a bit of a downer, too.
After all, while the holidays may be stressful, they at least pose a distraction to the dark, cold days of winter. After the New Year has been counted down and the decorations packed up, what is there to look forward to?
High credit card bills and very little sunshine can make for a depressing combination, says Kimberly Moffit, a Toronto-based psychotherapist. The key to getting over the winter blahs before they start is to change your mindset and find some inexpensive ways to get through the next four months (or more). Below are her suggestions:
While it's normal to feel a little “blah” during the winter months, certain feelings can indicate the presence of something more severe, such as depression. If you think you might have something more serious, take a look at your eating, sleeping and social interaction habits. If you've noticed a huge change in your weight, and if your appetite has grown or shrunk dramatically, that could be the sign that something is a little off. If you're experiencing repeated nights of severe insomnia or if you're constantly waking up tired, even after a full night's sleep, it might be wise to see a doctor. A fear of leaving the house, or a tendency to avoid social situations, is also a telltale sign of depression.
Vanessa Chris is an award-winning journalist specializing in the realm of business writing. Since graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Graduate Program in Journalism, her work has appeared in such publications as Canadian Real Estate magazine, various Post City and Metroland publications, The London Free Press and a bi-weekly lifestyle/relationship column in the Toronto Star.