If you’re like me, you start the winter in a good mood. You’re happy for the holidays to be coming and smile a little when you see the first snowflakes. It’s a busy time planning for the gatherings with friends and family, along with the season’s special events. You turn on the furnace, put up some decorations, and get out a few blankets to keep warm on the colder nights. But before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone. Then New Year’s passes and the harsh reality comes that the warmth of the holiday season has left but the bitter cold of winter is still around.
It’s usually about the middle of January that I start to get sick of winter. I’ve had enough of the cold. I’m tired of shoveling the snow. I’m fed up with always having to be inside. You may think of it as the winter blues, but there’s actually more to it. It’s commonly referred to as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that tends to occur in episodes at the same time each year, typically during the winter.