February. Yes, it’s one step closer to spring, bringing longer days, and all that goes with it. But for now, it’s February.

Later today, it’s supposed to rain, then turn to ice and maybe a little snow, just to make it more interesting. On top of that, bitter cold is swoop in over the next week or so.

Winter can seem endless on its own, however adding bad weather to it, can bring on frustration and depression.

Many people suffer from the lack of vitamin D that we get here in the Midwest for several months. It affects our mental state, which in turn affects our physical health. Sometimes it’s referred to as Seasonal Effective Disorder. It makes sense, especially if you live in an area that tends to have frequent bad weather, or bitter cold.

I’m struggling with frustration currently, about many things happening, or not happening in my corner of the world. To alleviate some of the stress, I’m writing about it! I think sharing our feelings and experiences with others is cathartic, and helps us realize we aren’t alone in many circumstances.

The huge snowfall we had last weekend managed to take out one of my window boxes! Ripped it right off my house! I was able to fix it a couple days later and even dig the silk flowers out of the frozen pile of snow they landed in. As frustrating as that little situation was, I did enjoy hitting nails with my hammer really hard! Turned out to be a good stress reliever!

In the big picture, I’m so very thankful for all of my blessings. We need to all remember our blessings during this time of, “I can’t believe this is happening!” Insert just about any topic after that! Pandemic, politics, weather, Super Bowl, etc!

When the winter blues are kicking you around, reach out. Post something, talk to someone, remember that nothing, absolutely NOTHING, lasts forever.

Please tell me about your winter blues, or something that just frustrated you to your last straw! We can share ideas and positivity to lift each other up and get through these winter days!

Spring is coming, it truly is!

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