Here in the UK, we’re already almost four-days in to the autumn season. That means that the days are already getting shorter and, with winter on the way, the temperature should soon be on the decline as well. It’s depressing to think about, I know. There’s even a disorder for people who’s moods are affected by this time of the year, known commonly as SAD.
Like a lot of people, I find the winter months to be very difficult at times. You wake up in the dark, spend all the daylight hours at work and come home to total darkness at the end of each day. It’s hard to find a life outside of this twilight and, I find it even more difficult to maintain my enthusiasm and motivate myself to do anything in the evenings.
It is something that’s already concerning. But, with the positive steps forward that I’ve already made recently in improving myself and building on my self-esteem, I’ve decided to try and plan ahead now. Sometimes, planning and too much thought can lead to greater anxiety later but, this is one situation where I do not feel that being ‘spontaneous’ in my actions would be the best option.
Please feel free to chip in with your own thoughts and suggestions along the way. All comments are welcome. 🙂
As you may know from reading a recent post here, I’m making more of an effort to get out and see more of the local attractions. This involves being outdoors, exploring, taking photographs and, basically, enjoying nature. Obviously, with winter comes the sharp, freezing temperatures and, sometimes, continuous days of ice and rain. My initial reaction was that time of year will bring an end to my outdoor expeditions… Should it really? I mean, as long as the ground isn’t deeply saturated or frozen then, it should be safe enough to go hiking or trekking through a forest! It’s so easy to think of and focus on the negatives… Even on a cold, windy day, all I would need is to wrap myself up warm; keeping physically active should do all the rest. What’s really nice then is to find somewhere warm (maybe a small pub or café?) to enjoy a warm drink afterwards. I would also appreciate having someone to share hugs with in these times (wouldn’t we all) but, I feel I really need to focus on doing some things for myself, first and foremost.
That could cover some part of my weekends and also, any time I happen to have off of work. But, I’m still concerned by thoughts of how I’m going to fill my spare evenings, in the cold darkness of winter.
I usually do my food shopping in an evening as it is quieter than at weekends so, that’s one day accounted! 😀 An old friend from school is moving back to the area soon so, that could mean regularly visits to the local pub to catch up (even though I’m strong in my dislike of alcohol). It might help to conquer some of my social anxiety fears, instead of walking blindly in to a busy situation or gathering on my own.
I am looking in to an evening writing course of some sort. Only for a set number of weeks but, again, it will keep me busy for a few hours in one evening each week. I’ll be able to work on my writing skills and hopefully, meet other like-minded people.
Writing this, I’m already kind of looking forward to the winter season – and, I haven’t even mentioned Christmas yet!! 😀
I’m kind of stumped for ideas after that though and would appreciate any other suggestions that people might have. I remember that ‘May’ is in to ice skating and, although it would mean a jaunt in to the city centre, that might also be worth exploring. From briefly looking around online, I’ve seen that there are art groups around locally and, I’d really like to find something (if I haven’t already found ‘someone’) who can help get me back in to drawing.
At the very least, I hope that this post has given you some food for thought. I’m making a stand now to say that winter doesn’t have to be as dark and gloomy as the absence of sunshine may suggest. We all have the potential to enjoy these difficult times. 🙂
Thank you for reading.