On TV, winter is illustrated as a time when you enjoy warm fires, making snow angels, eating yummy food, wearing scarves, and gathering with family. However, sometimes this stereotypically happy season can be met with some feelings of emptiness.
People may be in a negative head space around this time for a multitude of reasons; seasonal depression, being without family, the annoyances of shoveling, etc. It is important to acknowledge how other people may be feeling during this time and not just assume that it is the greatest time of year for all. Awareness and reflection is the only way towards true growth for humanity.
Also, the cold weather may lead to some feelings of aimlessness. The fact that it gets dark earlier and the frigid temperatures outside could make you want to forgo some responsibilities. However, when faced with a lack of motivation, look at the brighter side and the positive aspects of the season. The soft falling of snow. The festive decorations around town. During this time, realize everything that you have to be thankful for. A warm house to take heed in when it’s bitter cold outside. Family, friends, and loved ones.
So many matters in life can be improved by looking at the positives instead of the negatives. I know this is sometimes a struggle, but it is always my goal to look at things in this way. As a survivor, I think that being optimistic about situations has greatly improved my mindset as I went through cancer. During treatment, you have many things to be sad about, but putting your chin up and smiling is sometimes all you can do to make it through.
So during this season focus on what you are thankful for and the small niceties that accompany winter, even if it’s the fact that it will soon pass.