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Getting Through That SAD Time of the Year

By WENDY McCLURE | Jan 09, 2019
Photo by: Jay Mann Even though it may be cold and windy, the beach is still a beautiful place to visit and maybe take the dogs for a walk. (Make sure you clean up their mess!)

What now? The holidays are over. Most of us are back to work and school with no break in sight. Nothing but cold, dreary weather ahead for the unforeseeable future. Don’t even get me started on the darkness. So many of us go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. And we wonder why we get so depressed!

I’m definitely a victim of seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD. It’s a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness and social withdrawal. (Have I cheered you up yet?) But we’re supposed to go through this every year, no?

I’m trying to get back on track with some healthy eating. I’m trying to stop spending so much money and hopefully plump up the savings account instead of my butt. It’s time to take it down a notch to relax and recharge for spring and summer. But does this mean we are supposed to be sad this time of year?

We can still find some good, right? (Trying to convince myself!) There have to be things to enjoy as we all get to live in one of the greatest spots on the map. Let’s see. The days are getting longer. We probably won’t notice it until March, but it is happening. There are definitely fewer crowds. Even though it may be cold and windy, the beach is still a beautiful place to visit and maybe take the dog for a walk. (Make sure you clean up their mess!) I’ve also always been impressed with how many businesses choose to stay open for us locals all year long. Yay for small businesses!

If you don’t mind hunkering down at home for the next few cold, wintry months, you can always catch up on your DVR. ’Tis the time for a little binge watching! I just got done with the second season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon and highly recommend it. So fun! Check out some of those movies that are up for numerous awards at all the upcoming shows.

The best thing I have found, though, to get through these bitter winter months is to surround ourselves with a group of like-minded (or not like-minded) people to help get us through. I’m very lucky to have a core group of friends who live close by. I’ve also gotten very involved in my Beach Haven West community and have made some wonderful new friends.

It always comes down to the same thing: It is what you make it. I will try to buck the odds and be more joyful, grateful and giving in the next few months. Would you like to join me?

But as a side note, bring on spring!

Wendy McClure of Beach Haven West is a morning show co-host at 107.1 The Boss, heard on 99.7 in Southern Ocean County.

 

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