Winter Definitely Depresses Me

I'm a fairly optimistic person. I have my mopey periods, but I always bounce back. However, when winter settles in I begin spiraling into this pathetic, hopeless, miserable descent. I like the snow and all...but the reality is that it's COLD, you can't stay out for very long, and most importantly, no matter how hard I try to shake it, it's like a fog clinging to the air around me making it impossible to see any hope for the future or myself.

Everything I love to admire is dead....The trees with their beautiful leaves allowing the sun's beams to flow through like rivers are nothing but scraggly, depressing molds of bark. The smell of flowers, storms, and fresh cut grass no longer hang in the air. They've been replaced with a constant single smell that is nothing but blank and so cold that it hurts your nose to breathe it for very long. The crickets, peep frogs, and whippoorwills are no longer filling the nights with their songs. Nights are silent and lonely while days are sparsely filled with the few snowbirds that come solely for the season's weather. The world just becomes so void of life during winter! That in itself is enough to depress anyone.

There's hardly any outdoor activities available. Unless you're into skiing or snowboarding, you're basically out of luck. You can go for a hike in the woods, but you better make sure you dress so warm that you can barely move or enjoy the experience:P Besides, you're probably going to have to head back before you even get started anyway.

You can't dress cute. Your options, unless you're willing to freeze to death or catch pneumonia, are sweaters, scarves, gloves....sweaters, scarves, gloves...every day. It gets so old!!! Sure, you may be able to pull off a cute look now and then, but it gets old not being able to play with your outfits more! By the time spring finally arrives I have to keep telling myself, "I'm NOT ugly! I'm NOT boring. I'm NOT undesirable." Winter nearly destroys my self-esteem!

Winter has it's nice points, but overall I find it to be the most depressing time of year. It makes me feel like I'm locked inside of myself and can't get out. Thank goodness spring continues to come each year!!!
cherryxblossom cherryxblossom
26-30, F
3 Responses Aug 27, 2010

Did you try www.thebrooklynblock.com ? They make scarves that tell stories about neighborhoods in Brooklyn! They take videos of locations in Brooklyn and process the videos through code and generate patterns that capture colors layers and textures of the neighborhood. I hope you will love them! I love them cause they have a story behind the scarves!
Best,
Michelle

There's a research that proves that sunshine makes people more cheerful. But I get what you're saying.

Have you heard of SADD-seasonal affective disorder. They discovered it in careas like alaska where in the far north it is dark six months of the year. People get depressed. They found that sitting in front of a light will relieve the symptoms. <br />
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I think everyone gets it to one degree or another. The days are shorter. All of the vegetation is dead or dormant.<br />
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Everyone feels better when it is brighter and warmer outside.<br />
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In every hospital I have ever worked, there are less admissions in the spring, summer and early fall, than the dead of winter.