I’ve lived in Anchorage for 14 winters but I lived in New England for 25 winters so this is not news I have depression and anxiety which becomes worse in the cold and dark. I was up last night with insomnia and counted off the times I almost got beaten by the beast. I’m writing this to remind myself that I can make it through and so can you. Please assist me by adding your ideas in the comments.
1. Stop trying to WORK so hard! Tis the season for good cheer. No one wants to have their attendance record and productivity listed on their gravestone. Hell, they don’t even give out gold watches for that stuff anymore. People tend to like relaxed people. Even bosses don’t want more worries.One good deed or interaction a day is worth more than 20 desperate panicked ones. But I can use the panicked ones as fodder for my blog. Go slowly and in peace, although a good holler is healthy when slipping on the ice. In the spirit of Christmas, I just bought a shirt with this logo online.
2. It is not all in my control! Did you know that cold weather makes our muscles clench? This in turn makes us warmer but if we are already kind of a tight ass this can make us even less flexible physically and emotionally. I trip and fall in all seasons because I’m rushing around. I bounce more in the warm weather. I’m more brittle, like rubber and plastic are, in the cold. I could wear more padding. Accepting the sense of it makes me feel that no matter how many yoga classes I am advised to take, it’s in the nature of things. Please don’t tell me to relax! Help me to relax by telling me a funny story or giving me the gift of kindness.
Increased hours of darkness make leaves fall from trees and animals hibernate. Before the electric light, many of us would not been able to live the lives we live, let alone do the work we do. We would have depended upon daylight. The few things I do accomplish each day are part of an electric miracle. Any work done under the influence of electricity counts as overtime!
3. Eat! Get out! DO NOT SKIP LUNCH OR EAT AT DESK IN ORDER TO LEAVE EARLY! It’s still going to be dark when I leave no matter what I do. I have to get out at lunch in order to get my vitamin D. I do this in the summer as well. I may have a walk or a jog but I’m not going to eat at my desk. Everyday I get vacation time before work, at lunch and after work. I’m the queen of delayed gratification (work through lunch for early departure) but in doing so I spend the last couple of hours at work in a state of resentment, too tired and hungry to get anything done. I can go for a short jog and eat snacks all day if I want but somehow I feel that should work the way everyone else does, or looks like they do. I’m sure they spend more time on their cell phones than I do because I don’t know how to work mine. Live a life of abundance. There will always be work left for tomorrow!
Some less philosophical advice. Go to every party to which you are invited. (except ones which cost money). Bring food, eat food, dance, sing. Get out at least once a week with friends, preferably twice. Read and write. Only watch television on Sunday nights when The Good Wife and Madame Secretary are on and maybe Thursdays when Mom and Elementary have new episodes. Most of the problems of the world are not going to be solved by me but I can work on the ones that are made by me. Have a good holiday season and remind me to post at least once a week this winter, for my own health!