Spring? Where? Three tips to mentally endure the never-ending winter

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It has officially been spring for a week now. Well, at least that’s what we’re told. The majority of the population seems to be thinking the same thing: where is the spring weather?

The saying goes, “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb” however I think at this point it’s more along the lines of, “March is the same as any other winter month so don’t get your hopes up”. If you’re like me and don’t like winter to begin with, the long winter months can be gruelling on your nerves. As a commuter, I can also attest to the fact that winter can make you miserable. It may sound silly to some, but the weather does directly affect people’s emotional status, especially if that weather is not the kind they enjoy and seems to never end.

There is a way to get through it though; the key to surviving such a time comes in three tips:

1. Start your spring cleaning

If you find yourself with some free time, instead of heading over to Facebook, the TV or Netflix, take a look around the room. Getting rid of or tidying up even little things can help release tension you didn’t know you were carrying. Tension which, in my opinion, is made worse by the current negative temperature outside. By doing this, you’re getting into a fresh springy mood and keeping your mind busy. Some people may find cleaning to be therapeutic and a stress reliever.

2. Get outside

Yes, this post is against the current weather, but it doesn’t mean that weather should keep you from the outdoors. In reality, fresh air, no matter the temperature of it, will do you good. We spend 90% of our time indoors. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we should have to suffer from winter’s cabin fever. Bundle up and head out! The sun has been making many appearances lately and it’s good to get Vitamin D intake after these long dark months. You don’t have to do anything fancy; most of the ice has melted now so simply going for a walk is actually an option.

3. Keep a positive attitude

This weather isn’t going to last forever, even though it feels like it is. It’s currently -5°C where I am right now, but last month is was -16°C. That’s already an 11° difference. Also since last month, 90% of the snow and ice melted and the grass is actually visible. The birds are chirping again in the mornings, after months of their silence, and we’re getting longer days with more sunlight. Looking at these facts, its clear that spring is here, although faintly. Keeping a positive attitude will help you from slipping into a morose mood. This step is not just important to today’s subject, but for everything in life.

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