dealing with the February blahs

February blahsValentines Day? Bah, humbug!

Why do they put the “Love” holiday in the least loving month of the year?

I hate February. It is the worst month for me emotionally. I have tried everything to avoid these blahs but they come every year and this year is no exception.

I am not a very friendly person in February to begin with but, this year, the February blahs are on steroids because they are mixed with healthy dose of menopause.

Oh yeah! Seriously fun times at my house!

I’m tired, I’m lethargic, I feel fat, I have no patience with anyone and if I have to make one more sandwich for a perfectly capable adult in this house, I am going to scream!

MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN SANDWICH!

Apparently, in Canada at least, I’m not the only one that suffers from these winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing and affects up to 1 in 20 Canadians.

I don’t know if it’s the cold or the lack of sunshine but I just want to bury myself in my bed covers for 28 days every year. Why couldn’t we be one of the species that gets to hibernate? It’s so unfair!

It took everything out of me to even write this post. And yes; I’m in my pyjamas, haven’t showered and, if it weren’t that it’s only 10:30 in the morning, there would be a glass of wine beside me. Oh what the hell, it’s noon somewhere right?

We have done everything to try to fend off this loathing of the poor month of February. It’s the shortest month; they stuck a chocolate holiday in there; most communities have some kind of winter carnival; many people even book their vacations to help pull them through.

Hell, Canada even invented a long weekend in February to try and help. “Family Day” was introduced a number of years ago and is a statutory holiday now on the third Monday of February.

Sadly, Family Day doesn’t help my February blahs. Why? There are many theories.

  1. the cold makes people feel tired therefore making them more irritable
  2. the shorter days mean less sunshine; many are going to and from work in the dark
  3. people exercise less; unless you’re a winter sports enthusiast, it’s just too cold to get out there
  4. credit card bills from Christmas spending can also kick you when you’re already down

So how do you combat these February blahs? Try some of these tips to help drag yourself through to spring.

6 ways to fight the February blahs

Cinnamon – Leave a simmering pot of water, apples and cinnamon sticks on the stove. The cinnamon spice scent is thought to ease stress, help headaches and increase alertness.

Music – Make a “happy music” playlist. Fun, upbeat music can lift your spirits on even the dullest days. Play it and play it loud!

Eat well – I know junk food is what you’re craving. Anything sweet, greasy or salty. The worse it is for you, the worse your craving for it is. But the junk food will only lift you for the time you’re eating it; the after effects are tiredness, lethargy, bloating and weight gain – none of which helps your mood. Try, instead, to eat healthy even when it’s not your first choice.

Catch some rays – There is less sun so try to catch it when it’s there. Go for a walk on the sunny days if you can. If you can’t (or won’t) get out, at least try to place yourself at a window when the sun is out.

Exercise – Don’t make it complicated, just move. Go for a walk (around the mall if it’s too cold out) or maybe dance to that happy music playlist you made. Make it fun – family dance party in the living room in your pyjamas!

Socialize – There is no better way to lift your mood than being with friends. Don’t isolate yourself. Get out for lunch or coffee. Making plans to meet may be just the thing to get you off the sofa and out of your funk.

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