Our life coaches, Style and Substance: The darkness is closing in on me

Dear Style & Substance:

We recently set the clocks back and I can already feel the darkness closing in on me. I am less likely to get anything done after work, and really have a hard time getting up in the morning. The thought of another North Country winter is pulling me down and I dread the next four months!

We hear you!! And if you somehow are lucky enough to evade this on a particular day, then there is certainly someone nearby who is vehemently complaining about it, or just plain lackluster and blue. People living in northern climates are very susceptible to SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Long, dark nights can drain us of energy and zest. The dark nights are a given, how you respond is up to you! A sense of adventure, a hale and hearty wardrobe, and a sense of humor can get you through the darkest hours of winter.

Often times we in the North Country forget that winter can be a time of great fun and opportunity, the joy comes from being well prepared. So, get your bag of blue busters armed and ready…preparedness is everything! Here are some suggestions of what to “pack” on your journey to Spring:


The darkness and cold draw us toward hot chocolates, cozy fires, many piled high quilts, and more quiet (and thus sedentary) times. The North Country offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation: Downhill, X-Country, and Back Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating, Sledding, the list goes on….The key here is to invest some time and mental tenacity in keeping or getting your body moving every day; outside in the fresh air being best, or get to the gym, a yoga or zumba class…anything movement oriented will get and keep your attitude in a positive place. Remember the simple rule of “oh, what five minutes will do!”

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