Today’s spell a day talks about something near and dear to my psyche living in northeastern Wisconsin. That is seasonal depression. Now, some of you may be thinking, “What is he babbling about this time? Seasonal depression? That is some new age hippie hogwash right?” Not so my friends and doubters. Even the Mayo Clinic has a page about Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which is exactly what the cold winter months can bring on. I am not a very outdoorsy person and the sometimes bitter cold wind chills we experience here in Wisconsin are enough to make anyone gloomy and moody.
There are things you can do though short of pharmaceutical intervention. Spell a Day suggests you bundle up and go outside during the peak of the sun. Gaze into the sky where the sun should be (if it is covered in clouds) and imagine the warmth and light wrapping itself around your body. It might help to visualize what this feels like in the summer time when it isn’t so chilly. Hold yourself tight to trap all this positive warming energy inside of you. I add that when you come inside you have some hot chocolate ready. The best kind has the baby marshmallows in it. I never let them melt all the way though. It’s more fun to slurp those up with the chocolate goodness.
Find what warms your soul and gets you out of those “winter blues” Gentle Readers. Spring is coming, even if we cannot feel it quite yet.