January....It's that time of year again that many Northern Mid-westerners least look forward to.
"Why?", you may ask.
Well, because the weather is usually bitter cold and the sky is dismal gray practically every day!
As a beach and sun-lover, you may ask why I continue to live in this part of the country. Well, if I win the lottery or come upon a large amount of cash, you can be sure I'll be moving. Until then (or at least until my hubby retires and we can spend the coldest winter months vacationing in the south) I'm stuck having the winter blues.
There are a few things I do to try to counter-act my symptoms.... like get enough exercise, sleep, eating healthy foods, taking some appropriate herbs and vitamins, and getting some light. (Some people go to the tanning booth, but I have a "happy light" that I purchased a few years ago and sit in front of a few minutes each day).
I also drink a cup of tea or two every day. Tea, especially black tea is naturally caffeinated, which increases energy. It also has possible benefits, such as reduced risk of stroke, reduced production of LDL - the "bad" cholesterol that can lead to stroke and heart attacks, and may even contribute to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease by as much as fifty percent. (source)
On top of dealing with the blues, I also recently had a physical setback. A week ago I tore cartilage in my knee and had to have arthroscopic surgery. So, I have been laid up and trying to heal from that, as well.
Today, as I drank out of my blue teacup and pot, I hoped to drink out "my blues". (O.K., I know that's a bit of a stretch, but I'm trying to make a connection here!)
...along with a couple of my favorite peanut butter cookies!
The teacup is a family heirloom on my father's side. The blue and white inkwell came from an antique store. I use it to keep track of my favorite journaling pen.
I also grabbed a book to read by my window, and took time to write in my journal.
Even though I don't like it, sometimes a little rest and recuperation is required.
One thing's for sure...even when it's cold and gray outside,
Ann“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish Proverb
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