What to do about the Winter Blues
People are saying it everywhere you go; they're just tired of the snow. A lot of folks are just saying they’ve had enough of this winter. More snow fell in the Treasure Valley Tuesday. Beautiful snow that doesn’t usually stick around this long Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
People are saying it everywhere you go; they're just tired of the snow. A lot of folks are just saying they’ve had enough of this winter. More snow fell in the Treasure Valley Tuesday. Beautiful snow that doesn’t usually stick around this long. Some people are sick of it. They're tired of slipping on ice and wading through slush and the constant daily challenge of navigating the roads to get to work.
“Where you get overnight freezing and snow on top of that, it makes it very dangerous,” said Sgt. Patrick Calley, Eagle Police Department.
Seeing all those wrecks, leaves you hoping you're not the next victim.
“I hear people say, I’m ready for spring, you know it's here we have to deal with it, I know it creates some heartache for people with the commuter messes and it has created problems for homeowners with frozen pipes and access to their homes. Walking is even dangerous, but winter’s here and we have a couple of more months of it, so we might as well make the best of it,” said Sgt. Calley.
Then there are the dreary grey skies. Add it all up and you have a recipe for the winter blues.
“It’s been colder and greyer and the longer you go without seeing the sun, that has an effect on all of us really,” said Dr. Matt Eastman, Saint Alphonsus.
A lot of people are seeing their doctors for mild depression and seasonal affective disorder. But how do you know if you just have a mild case of the winter blues or full blown depression.
“But if it's something where you're feeling sad most of the time, and your performance at work is suffering, your home life is suffering, then it might be time to see your doctor,” said Dr. Eastman.
But in the meantime, all of us can benefit from any amount of sunshine and healthy activity.
“Your home is ok, your work is good, and your health is good, maybe it's something that's going to be ok as soon as the sun comes out,” said Dr. Eastman.
A lot of people also use lights that give you the effect of sunshine. As Dr. Eastman said though, you could just have a seasonal depression that will go away when the sun returns. That could be a while, since spring is still a couple of months away.