It’s Snowing – AGAIN!

Posted on February 12, 2014

Winter in Central Indiana is often a dreary time.  The days are short and the nights are long.  Sometimes, the weather is fairly mild compared to other places.  On a good year, the weather is warm enough to give us a lot of cold rain that doesn’t affect our drive to work that much.  But, it seems to go on for many months and we wait with anticipation for the day when a groundhog in Pennsylvania will tell us how much longer the winter will last.

The winter of 2014 has been fierce so far. It’s cold, then snowing, and then cold again. I could go on, but you are tired of hearing about it.  Here are a few guidelines that will help you survive the winter.

  • Get outside.  If the thermometer shows 30 degrees or above, I am willing to fire up the grill. One recent snowy Sunday afternoon, it was 32 degrees and snowing an inch every hour.  The wind was still and I could hear the snow falling.  While I was shoveling, my 75 year-old neighbor came over and had a snowball fight with another four-year-old neighbor.  As they laughed and played, my heart warmed, and I felt less distressed about the snow coming faster than I could remove it from the driveway.
  • Keep in touch.  Social media is full of stories about the silly things people find to do when they are snowed in.  It is entertaining and fun.  When the weather clears and it is safe, meet with real people as soon as possible.  Go to your art class, club meeting, or church gathering.  Grab lunch with a friend. Virtual is not a replacement for real.
  • Do something fun that includes other people.  Gather the loved ones that you are living with and create an event.  Last weekend, a man in the grocery store stopped me in the baking aisle and asked what kind of chocolate chips he needs so that his kids could make cookies that afternoon.  When he mentioned, “snowed in,” I looked outside and noticed, that it was, indeed, snowing –AGAIN!

When the weather is overwhelming, remember it only lasts for a season.  Isolation is depressing and exhausting. It is important to find every possible opportunity to connect with other people.  Have some fun and spring will come sooner because you have filled your winter life. 

Written by: Cheryl Vance, LMFT

Cheryl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indianapolis. She specializes in relational issues such as personality, communication, and spiritual growth. If you would like to contact Cheryl, she can be reached at Cheryl@groffandassociates.com or 317-474-6448 ext. 106.

 

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