This January has been an intense month, simply put, in my world. With all of the highs and lows, there has been a consistent middle ground feeling of ‘grey’ and ‘ugh’, a maddening frustration with this pandemic, and an almost overwhelming case of cabin fever.
On top of everything else, my (self-diagnosed) Seasonal Affective Disorder is in full swing. Chicago always gets a lot of grey, cloudy days throughout the year, but with it being January, we are still dealing with super short days (9.5 hours is the average amount of daylight we see) and that lack of actual sunlight can be rather bleak. When I’m living in the Midwest, this is the time of year that I ALWAYS leave town for a weekend or two (or three) and get a change of pace to help deal with the gloominess. Not this year!
I’m so over this pandemic–and yet know that we have a long way to go before COVID is done with us.
However, this past week, we started to get some snow here in Chicago, as well as some sunshine, which has helped.
As has being in the midst of a good old fashioned winter storm this weekend, one of the heaviest snow falls in years, which is making me feel like a kid.
Being able to bundle up and go outside with our fur babies to walk, talk to neighbors who are out shoveling or pulling kids on sleds, and take some pictures was very fun!
And most importantly, it felt like we were playing in the snow!
Hope everyone is finding ways to move through their own experiences of COVID Cabin Fever!!!
Postscript: here is a link to an article about digging out from the snowiest storm in 5 years.