Seasonal depression is as debilitating, devastating, and demotivating as any other type of depression. It is depression, plain and simple. It affects different people on different levels. You might feel blue, you might suffer a general feeling of malaise, or you might get so down that you don't feel like you'll ever get up again. The sheer amount of darkness, coming on earlier and earlier, feels increasingly oppressive, the cold keeps you sluggish, and all you want to do is hibernate. But, speaking as someone who goes through this every winter, there really are a few things to look forward to. Some of them are small, but really, sometimes the small things mean the world.
Petting puppies will always make you feel better. Even if you're more of a cat person, it's impossible not to smile at a tiny baby puppy.
However, purring cats are a close second. Feeling that rusty little motor vibrating against your fingertips is just love.
Snow is cold and wet and awful ... but only eventually. The first time it snows, catching it on your tongue and collecting snowballs are still magical.
Just kidding, just kidding. Except, I mean, a little schadenfreude never hurts.
Sorry, guys, I have a new puppy. Puppy kisses are special, though. If you don't have a puppy, ask someone who has a new dog to let you borrow a pooch smooch.
Exercise and activity are great for battling depression. Being in a place where you can see others fall on their butts is also fun.
With a lover, a friend, a parent, a sibling, a cat, a dog, a cherished stuffed animal ...
Good food, good company, good vibes. These are members of your logical family and they will always be there for you.
Or hot tea, or hot coffee, or hot cider. A warming drink is a simple thing, but sometimes the simple things make you feel the best.
The only thing better? A new old book, the kind that smells like age and dust and libraries and secrets.
It's coming. I'm in it for Coliver.
No shame. This keeps me on the up and up until June. JUNE.
Look forward to hating it or celebrating it, they both have the potential for mad laughs.
It will be here before you know it! Besides, in my part of the world, the snow didn't get here until almost January, so maybe this winter won't be so bad, right?
But if it is, remember: it's not forever. And the entire AWS community is here to try and bring a smile to your face.
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