Winter is hard for me. I can’t even properly enjoy the holiday season, because I know that afterward January and February relentlessly follow. Then comes that time of year that turns the days at once short but endless, the nights long and empty. Gray, listless days, when the weather seems to have a personal vendetta against humanity, and even on the warmer days the city seems bleak and covered in grime. Gaunt trees, crumbling pavement – things you don’t notice in other seasons seem to be all there are to see in winter.
In the past few years I’ve been trying to work on strategies to actively kick my brain out of its winter funk. This year I went somewhere warmer for a week – so I had that to look forward to since November, and the exposure to sun and flowers reminded me that winter does truly end.
I’ve discussed other coping strategies with friends – one said that she takes time in the winter morning to enjoy hot flavored teas, things she won’t drink in warmer months. I know many people curl up next to fires, delve into epic novels, spend more time with friends. For me, making things is a good coping strategy. Writing, editing, making my living space as beautiful as possible, those things are satisfying when the days are at their most gray. It’s hard though. Hard to stay motivated, hard to keep going. Sometimes hard to get out of bed.
I shot some video recently that I’ve edited together into a screenshot of my mind on these last desaturated days before spring. It’s not the normal OohStLou fare, it’s more a personal project and form of self expression. If you suffer from seasonal despondency, you’ll probably get it.
If you have any tips and tricks for making it through the winter, I’d love to hear them.