I have heard and read several comments from my friends and family members about the changes that winter brings to their lives. Many find the shorter days and colder temperatures annoying, but some find them downright threatening. If you have serious problems with mood swings, eating, sleeping, or or health issues in the late fall or winter, you may have SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a recognized form of depression and can be dangerous in some people. There are some treatments and coping skills you can learn. I urge you to find out more. And hang in there- after December 21 the days will get longer.
I too, long for spring. But I suppose I don't get depressed about winter because the rythm of my days at school stays essentially the same. We may miss a recess here and there, but the routine and the work are the same. The children have the same enthusiasm and exuberance. That helps me so much. I get involved in their little lives each day and forget my own.
Please remember, too, that many people are simply sad during this time of year because of family problems. The holidays were a big letdown for some people. For others they were a reminder of family and friends no longer with us. Be patient with others today and try to cheer each other along. We'll get through the long, dark days together. It really is a new year, with new possibilities. We need to hold that in our hearts until the spring sun shines.