It’s no secret that the characters at GoComics live for winter. It’s a rarity if there isn’t at least one snowball fight happening somewhere on your comics page from December to February. Sometimes I have trouble relating these GoComics features, and I know I don’t stand alone on this topic. Unlike Calvin and his snow goons, I HATE WINTER.
December is National Seasonal Depression Awareness month, and, unfortunately, I am all too aware of seasonal affective disorder. I am so S.A.D. it’s not even funny. Fortunately, I work at GoComics, and I find laughter is the best medicine for combating my winter blues.
I am a natural light junkie. I love to bask in the sun and all its vitamin D, life-giving glory, so spring and summer are definitely my favorite months. Then it happens. Every year, some time around the first freeze, my body slows to a glacial pace, both cognitively and physically. I spend every day for the rest of winter trying to fight off my Paleolithic instinct telling me to curl up in the fetal position and hibernate until the flowers start blooming again.
I wish I could head south for the winter too. The Grizzwells:
It takes every fiber of my being to unadhere myself from my bed on winter mornings. While I’m at work, I think about my down comforter like a lovesick teenager: how it is a gift from the heavens, and how much I can’t wait to be wrapped in its warm embrace once more. When I get home I carbo-load, turn off my phone and retreat to my bed to be left alone with my Netflix. I am usually awoken from my long winter naps because a concerned friend or family member has come to check my vitals and confirm that my mattress has not, in fact, swallowed me whole.
Snoopy knows about the power of a good blanket. Peanuts:
The seasonal change also makes me moody, and I turn into a bit of a Scrooge around the holidays. I’m more irritable during family time, which is abundant this time of year. The only festive song I can stand to listen to is "River," by Joni Mitchell, which is basically the S.A.D. anthem. It’s even worse when the holidays are over and people forget to continue spreading cheer, otherwise know as the post-Christmas letdown.
It would be magical if we could combine presents and sunshine. Heavenly Nostrils:
Joking aside, Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, and it’s a real struggle. However, I’ve come to realize maybe it’s nature's way saying (or forcing) us to slow down and appreciate the little things, like comfort food, a comfortable bed and the time we have with family and friends who care about us during the season when it matters most.
What helps you combat the winter blues? Comment on this post and let me know!