A Serious Case of the Winter Doldrums

After a brief tease of warm, spring-y like temperatures here in the northeast the past few days, winter has reared its mischievous head again and this morning blanketed our area with a coating of snow.   There wasn’t too much of an accumulation only 2 inches or so, not enough for a snow day, but just enough to wreak havoc with each of my kidlet’s school openings as well as my commute into NYC to work. BAu_qrmCEAEKAM1

Footsteps in the snowy/slushy mix that met me at the train station this morning

I wish I could have just pulled the covers up over my head, gone back to sleep and forget about everything, work, family & life – at least just for a little while.  It’s only mid-January and I’ve already got the winter doldrums.  To me, this winter has already seemed long, cold and confining. I’m seriously craving sunlight, warmth and the freedom to run around (okay, I don’t really run – I skip though) outside.

A beach or tropical resort vacay would certainly do the trick to bring my spirits up and tan back, but sadly, with the kidlets back in school and The Hubs & I are each entrenched knee-deep in projects at work, no such trip is in our near future.

Well, I’m not going to let the winter doldrums bring me down today.  Instead I’m thinking back to some fond and fun outdoor memories that to bring a smile back to my face.

doldrum1Having summer fun at the beach with the kidlets jumping waves along with Aunt B

doldrums2Literally a nice fall walk in the park with my kidlets

Now it’s your turn to share.  What gets you out of the winter doldrums?

Today’s post was inspired by “Pour Your Heart Out” with Things I Can’t Say….

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  1. says

    I don’t generally get the winter doldrums. I live in Utah and love the four distinct seasons we get. We have about a foot and a half of snow on our lawn right now. Everything is covered in white. It’s beautiful!

    But I do struggle with non-seasonal depression and have had to find things that help me get out of that darkness. Leaving the house is a big one for me. A long, intimate conversation with someone, eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart — that one works great, too. Sometimes over a lunch out. A bit of exercise works well, but with my chronic fatigue it’s hard to force that one. I also love coloring in coloring books with nice crayons. There’s the nostalgic factor, but there’s also the tactile factor of the crayons on the coloring book paper. It’s almost like scratching an itch to me.

    I think reminiscing on a warm vacation is a great idea. I hope you find lots of others things to bring you joy at this time that’s so difficult for so many.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely week. With some sunshine.
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  2. says

    Oy, I hear you! We haven’t had any snow, but we had a week of dreary and cold. When it finally got sunny again, I opened all the shades in the house and just reveled in the brightness. This winter definitely seems to be dragging…
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      We haven’t even really had snow here, just some dustings, 3 inches max, but it’s so dark & dreary….and COLD!

  3. Terry says

    I’m with you…the last several weeks here in Texas has been cold and dreary. I think it is a combination of the weather and the usual post-holiday let-down. The good news is it is breaking today, so I am busy planning my golf and ranch visit escapades for this weekend. I guess I am now fully a Texan…when I can’t go out and feel that warm sun on my face, I do get grouchy and out of sorts. I like cool weather as a nice break, but less as a lifestyle these days.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’m jealous Terry, it’s going to be cold here all weekend….and it’s just so overcast. I can’t wait for some sun!

  4. says

    Feeling the winter doldrums here! Unfortunately/fortunately we got enough snow to have a snow day. But I am so over it and so over all the illness that has been everyone so hard this winter. That beach vacay sounds awesome!

    To help with our winter doldrums I am taking my youngest for some retail therapy this afternoon – I am sure the bright lights of the mall will brighten up my mood!
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      Yes! Between the bad weather and this crazy flu season, it’s totally fueled my doldrums. I think a little retail therapy can help both you & your youngest – at least for a little while 😉

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