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How many discussions have you had about the weather this week? I’ve had no less than 10 this morning alone. With temperatures well below 0, who isn’t thinking about how cold it is outside? Along with our daily worries about school, appointments, errands, bills, and work, we have to be sure our families have enough layers when trekking outside, and decide who will care for our kiddos while they are off school. (Who, by their fourth day at home, are bored of watching Big Hero 6 and building snow forts.) The added stress of these frigid temperatures can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and depression for people of all ages.
If the cold days have you feeling down, you’re not alone. Psychologists from the Boston area have seen an increase in need for counseling for people feeling stressed and worried about the seemingly endless snow they have endured this winter. With 8 feet of snow to date, the city is experiencing one of the worst winters recorded. Fortunately, southeastern Ohio’s winter has not been as treacherous, but when it is too cold to go outside, and the weather makes traveling dangerous, it can leave us feeling trapped. You may be feeling a lack of control, or stress because simple tasks, like a trip to the grocery store, take much longer. These feelings are normal, and many people experience them in the colder months of the year. So what are some strategies for coping with the lack of sunshine and lots of time spent inside?
There are simple things you can do to handle the added stress. An easy way to remember a few strategies for taking care of yourself and others is to follow the “three C’s,” which are: communication, compassion, and continuation. It can be easy to isolate when feeling down, yet maintaining social relationships with friends and family can quickly brighten both your day and your friend’s. Crafts and coloring are a great indoor activity and fun for both kids and adults. Also, the weather affects us all, and showing compassion for your neighbors, who are undoubtedly just as cold, can lighten the unpleasant feelings you’re having. Maybe you can join community members are the Countryside YMCA when they host a health fair from 10am – 1pm? It's a a free event and there will be many resource booths for kids and adults. Lastly, continuing your daily routine as much as possible preserves your sense of control when it feels like we are at the mercy of the gusty winds and chilly temps. We hope to see you at the health fair this Saturday, February 21!read more.
Consider this goal: I will commit to reducing the number of commands or requests to those that are most important. Instead, I will focus on giving choices when possible, using distractions and when-then commands.