March 05, 2014
gray skies and looking ahead
I have a theory that if anyone calls the wonderful Pacific Northwest "home" for any length of time, they will end up with at least a pinch of seasonal depression.
I know it sounds, well, depressing, but seasonal depression is a reality, and it definitely begins to affect me a bit around this time of year, when full weeks will go by without so much as a sun break. I start to get cabin fever. I want to be outside, but I don't at the same time. I want to get out of the house, but have no idea where to go. I want to be energetic and fun for my kiddos, but don't really feel like even changing out of my pj's.
Every rainy spring during college, there would come a time when I would want nothing more than to hop in my car and drive south until I hit sunshine. I probably would have if I could have afforded the gas. These days, I sigh over instagram feeds of bare feet laying poolside and people holding out drinks with umbrellas in front of sandy beaches. It's not that I feel I need a vacation or a break, I just need a break from the rain and the gray.
One way I have decided to cope is to give myself things to look forward to. It may sound juvenile, but little rewards just for getting through this season are actually helpful to me. On Monday, I made myself sit down with my calendar and find short-term and long-term things to look ahead to and get excited about. I thought maybe if I did this on a regular basis, and posted about them, I could be even more intentional about getting myself through the gray days of spring.
I am looking forward to a Bend getaway with Lane and a few other friends at the end of the month (even though it will be my first time being away from Eleanor overnight). Shorter-term I am looking forward to an adventure day with my mom and the kiddos on Friday. I needed something even shorter term, so I text Lane: "Rice krispie treats and games tonight?" His response: "Yep".
Is this something you do intentionally or subconsciously? How do you deal with the gray and rainy days? I would love some input on the subject!
Here's to sunny days ahead,
(amazing grey sky painting by Gregory Thielker, found at this site)