Ways to Beat Those Winter Doldrums
At this time of the year, following all the holiday festivities and New Year’s resolutions, most of us who aren’t skiers start thinking of springtime. Cold weather, darker days, early nights, and dressing in layers does not often connote happiness and joy for most of us as the warmer weather does.
The media continually inundate us with advertisements of beautiful vacation destinations of warmer climates with bikini clad men and women drinking cold beers and Pina Coladas. These ads are purposefully designed to make us yearn to escape from the cold and flock down south like the birds.
As for us gay lads, dances on the beach, sipping cocktails, and getting that perfect tan (or man) flood the minds of many of us as we shiver in the cold and wind.
Now we all know that there are less expensive means to lessen any seasonal depression by buying a sun lamp or even choosing not to live in a dark apartment by turning on the lights. And yes, I know that we all need to economize but, isn’t your mental health worth a couple extra dollars? In fact, the Internet abounds with websites selling light boxes, so check them out.
If your depression is not just seasonal, then please contact a licensed therapist and get more professional help through counseling and if needed, medication. But for the majority of those feeling a little "down" due to the cold weather, there are still some inexpensive deals that allow us to travel to those warmer climates providing that "quick fix" on warming up your body and mind.