By NJ.Walters On Feb 17 2012, 10:34 am
N. J. Walters
Snow is piled up outside my door and the wind is howling. Winter doesn’t show any signs of letting up anytime soon. If you live in a cold climate, these are the endless days of winter, the time when you begin to wonder if spring is nothing more than a myth perpetuated by those who live in sunnier climes.
There are many folks out there who love winter, who enjoy getting out on their snowmobile or skis or snowshoes and embracing the winter majesty. They love the cold and the fresh powder on the ski slopes. Unfortunately, I’m not one of these people. I wish I was, but I’ve never particularly liked the cold and tend to stay indoors more this time of year. Of course, when everyone else is bitching about the summer heat I’m having a wonderful time basking in it. So there you go, different strokes for different folks.
Many people find it tough to cope this time of year. It even has a name—Seasonal Affective Disorder—SAD. The name says it all. People do get down this time of year. One thing you can do to help is to take vitamin D. It’s been proven that most people in the Northern USA and Canada suffer from vitamin D deficiency in the winter months due to lack of sunshine.
So I have my vitamin D. What else can I do to help with the winter doldrums? Exercise is good too. It gets all those lovely endorphins flowing and makes us happier. Walking is out as the sidewalks are currently buried beneath mounds of snow and, knowing the local city council like I do, I know I won’t see them for quite some time. Walking on the road is also out in this city. There is a distinctive lack of respect for pedestrians. But there is a local indoor track not far from here that is a possibility.
Or I could dig out my yoga mat—currently gathering dust in the closet—and try some stretches, maybe even lift a few light weights. Who knows, maybe I’ll get inspired later today to do just that.
Entertainment and hobbies are always a great way to add some fun to a snowy winter afternoon. And there is a stockpile of movies out on the shelf in my living room just waiting for such a day.
They say color can help your mood too. Maybe I should try wearing bright colors rather than the browns and grays I tend to favor. Of course, that would mean buying new clothes and I don’t enjoy shopping unless it’s at a bookstore.
Which leads me to one of my favorite ways to beat the winter blues—a good book. Thankfully, there are many great books just waiting for me to download them onto my Sony Reader whenever I am in the mood for reading. I do love to browse the bookstore, but if the weather is keeping me inside, I can click on the Sony Bookstore online and shop to my heart’s content. Life is good.
And if you’re looking for a paranormal werewolf tale to help banish your winter blues, be sure to check out Quinn’s Quest, the latest in my Legacy series from Samhain, releasing on February 21st. You can check it out at http://store.samhainpublishing.com/quinns-quest-p-6656.html.
N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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