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depressing. The doldrums, dreariness, and plain ole ugliness of winter step in and kicked me in the behind – HARD– this week. Between the months of November and April, or when the first signs of greenery start sprouting, my mood changes from what it was during spring, summer, and fall. Sunrises at 6:30 a.m. and sunsets at 4:30 p.m. don’t only effect my complexion but my day-to-day attitude.

It happens to me every year. Just like a bear, except not as furry (or at least I hope), the cold puts me into a hibernation or a meditative mode. I become less active and more passive – Β like I’m playing a game of chess and stepping back to see where my pieces are. My mind reflects on what I have done in the past year and what I want to do in the next year. I’m strategizing my moves for 2013 and let’s just say it involves a lot of sewing and patter making.

What about you? Do you go through this or another mood cycles this time of year?


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    i feel the seasonal blues, only it usually happens at the height of summer where it is too hot to go outside and i close all the windows to keep the sun out. it’s the exact opposite of norther winters. but i do start feeling reflective this time of year thinking about what i’ve done and what i’ve yet to do.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      thank you and thank you! Someone else shares my same habit! That’s refreshing to hear πŸ™‚

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    Oh, yes, I have seasonal affective disorder every year. Have you tried light therapy? Works well for some folks. I also fast intermittently, which helps a bit. I have tried everything over the course of my life. Love the undies in the previous post. Are you going to offer a pattern?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      A Madalynne pattern line – that’s for me to know and you to find out… πŸ™‚

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    I definitely get a case of the doldrums every winter, you are not alone! Try to enjoy the seasonal good things… the hot beverages, the warm sweaters.. well… what else is there unless you are blessed with a fire place! I like your plan for 2013, I am right there with you!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      2013 is going to be a good year. I have no doubt about it!

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    Yes, this happens to me as well. I try to fight it but it beats me up. I rotate from being happy and being sad and sadder and sometimes all in one day. I love candles, music, and warm cookies in winter but the lack of sunshine really affects me. I am certain I have the seasonal disorder plus the need to have lots of light around me all year around. I love big wide windows. I live in Seattle for a while, and it was rough. I also lived in MI, and it was rough. I do not know how to get around it but just do what I can day to day to get by. Wish I could be of help but looks like I have the same problem.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      It’s funny you mention candles… I have about 10 burning constantly when I’m home. The smell of balsam, toffee, and cinnamon combined is divined. It definitely puts a smile on my face.

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    Ugh, I hate winter, too. I’m trying to make an effort to do cheery things this week so I can try to feel more positive and less grumpy. Especially since things can get really busy before the holidays, I think it’s important to take time to be thoughtful about your direction as you approach the new year. And take some time to do things that you look forward to, even if it’s as simple as stopping for a cup of tea (or a peppermint mocha)!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      You’re right… indulging in the little things that make your days chipper are important. Call me tacky but Wawa has the best coffee!

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    Perhaps you should try a vitamin D supplement? We’re just coming out of winter here so I’m hoping I get some extra zing as it warms up…. I’ve been feeling a bit blah. Come on Summer!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      come on summer for sure! Unfortunately summer is farther away from me than you πŸ™‚

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    I used to get seriously depressed in the winter when I lived up north. After Christmas it just seemed like a long haul of cold, wet slushiness. And I definitely slept and ate more and was active less. But down here the winters are so brief and mild that I don’t really mind.
    Try and focus on the positive stuff – cozy days indoors with a pot of tea and wooly socks and your sewing machine. Do yoga at home. And take a fish oil supplement! Haha!
    Also, I agree that Wawa has the best coffee… oh Wawa… how I miss you…

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    Elizabeth Pearson

    I was diagnosed with SADD when I was 13. Winter is not my friend. I feel like just sitting on the couch and staring at the wall. I am totally not motivated.

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    Valerie Bryant

    I very much feel this way in the winter as well. No other season seems quite so suited for deep self-reflection, as if while we turn indoors to escape the cold, we turn into ourselves as well to see what we’ve still got burnin’!

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    Meg the Grand

    I find myself absolutely crippled by the lack of sunshine and warmth. I don’t like being cold, and now I find myself sleeping under flannel sheet with moose (mooses, moosi??) all over them with socks on my feet. I become more passive, and I find myself going to sleep at 8:00 p.m. several times a week. I always feel so much older in my bones this time of year, and that leads to meditation on things that have come before.

    Your first photo is my favorite. There is something so immediate and magical about it.

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