I just keep telling myself that the shortest day of the year is December 21st. If I can make it to that milestone, I can keep telling myself that winter only gets better from there. I simply hate the short days. Psychologically, I see it get dark and it feels like bedtime even though it may only be 5:30.
Shorter days mean less Vitamin D, (which by the way is really a hormone). Shorter days mean higher heating bills, larger electric bills and maybe even crabby husbands. Shorter days mean boredom. There is simply nothing to do in my garden, no lawn to mow, and no hammock to read my books in. Bike rides have gone from hour-long rides outside to the dreaded 20 minutes on the indoor bike trainer, where I stare at the same wall (or TV) and finish in a pool of sweat because there is no breeze of the great outdoors.
Preparing to survive the dark, short days takes some creativity. It takes some resourcefulness, some imagination and finally some initiative to follow through while waiting for the sun to return.
First and foremost, get busy finding a good source of Vitamin D. It should be taken in the morning and is one of the best ways to prevent the flu, as well as many other health issues. Type “Vitamin D” and “Dr. Mercola” into your Google search and go crazy. Your brain will explode from all the knowledge that the website has.
Watch less TV. That sounds funny, as when we are indoors more than usual, that is what we gravitate towards. Exactly! Looking at artificial lights from computers and the TV messes with your melatonin and can cause poor sleep. Reading a book is always a better alternative.
Are you crafty? Are there unfinished projects you didn’t want to bother with in the summer when it was more fun to be outside? Is there a new restaurant in town you have not tried? When was the last time you went to the Art Museum or History Museum? Is it time to take a class at your Community College? Does your local Library have any authors coming to speak and sign books? Although we tend to eat more in the winter months maybe there is a recipe book you have yet to open. Perhaps there is a friend you have not taken to the time to catch up with. Maybe it is time to repaint the baseboards and door jams in your house to spruce it up.
The point is, be prepared to fill these days with things that keep your mind off of the mind-numbingly-cold, short days. Use winter as a way to bring a different set of things into your life to keep you happy and healthy. Spring will come…eventually.
Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Psalm 104:19 “He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.”