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Coping with the Blues of Winter

Updated on December 6, 2013
Looks so peaceful doesn't it?
Looks so peaceful doesn't it?


The frigid season of winter is a topic that lots of people try to ignore as it comes, arrives and scurries itself into spring. Depending on where you live, winter can last anywhere from 3 – 5 months or longer! There are a few things that most hate about winter and I’m not afraid to admit to each one of them myself.

Running Nose

You can’t bend your head down without your nose feeling like someone turned on the faucet. Make sure to keep the Kleenex nearby. For some comfort while you blow get tissue with aloe, vitamin E or lotion in it. And please don’t let anyone know your nose is running. If word gets out about your issue you’ll never hear the end of the running jokes. “If your nose is running, you better go catch it. Harty har har har….never heard that one before.

Ashiness

Dry skin will be endless. It comes on every flippin' winter and every winter you wonder why your skin is so dry. Hello! It’s winter. It’s as if its winter’s job to make you as miserable as possible. Well your skin is no exception. Always keep some moisturizing agents nearby and lubricate as often as possible.

Crustation

This one leaves me feeling like a 6 year old. Your nose ends up feeling crusty from the dried up residue of your nose running like a faucet. It forces you to make a run for the bathroom every 2 minutes because you don’t want to face the public while you’re unsure if your nose is clean. And even if it is clean you’ll never know because it always feels dirty! Your best bet is to keep a pocket mirror with you in order to take a quick gander at your honker when you feel the need. And with today's androids and self-visualizing camera options, don't forget you can always briefly check yourself out before being face to face with those around you.

Lips Cracking

This one is miserable. You can’t take the chance of smiling without fear of cracking your lips and drawing blood! We’ve all been through it where someone says something to you that makes you want to laugh histerically and right when you begin to show teeth CRACK! Your lips split and it feels as if they’re bleeding all over the place. And unfortunately it takes you days before your cracked lips stop hurting. Don’t forget to cover your smoochers with some good lip balm so your sweet kisses can last throughout the winter months. Try lip balms that are paraben-free and contain sunscreen, beeswax, lanolin, cocoa butter and urea or glycerin. Things to avoid in your lip balm are vitamin E, menthol, aloe butter, alcohol and fragrances. And no matter how much you try to make it so, licking them over and over won't help, it'll only make them raw, itchy and sore.

Sunshine No Mo’

If you want some Vitamin D forget about it! The sun is history once Old Man Winter comes a’knockin at your door. This is when depression can soon hit. And it often time does for most. Day in and day out the sun will refuse to grace us with its presence and that can be a bit of a downer for all. Eating foods like salmon, tuna in their oil, milk, cheese, eggs and mackerel rich in Vitamin D can help replace what winter might be taking from you. Or try getting a sunlight lamp that simulates natural sunlight. It will put you in a cheery mood and has other health benefits.

Numbness to Your What-Nots

Fingertips, toes, legs, arms, nose, ANYTHING! can be numbed by the brisk air that winter brings. It can be hard to keep all your extremities warm during winter. Make sure you have your gloves and coat on to protect your bits and pieces from freezing off. Bundling up with long johns, down coats and wearing gloves with Thinsulate can help you endure winter a bit more. It may take you an extra 10 minutes to prepare for walking out the door (another thing to hate about winter) but well worth the warmth. Also, using things like Hot Hands for the hands, feet and body can help keep you toasty during those winter months. Did you know there are also gloves out there that you can blow your breath into that can keep your hands warm?! No kidding.

Everything’s Dead

Winter can be a buzz kill because all the tulips are gone, all the grass is brown and all the trees have shed their beautiful blooms. It can sometimes add to the depression of things. But by having plants in the house it can bring the green back into your life. And plants that offer some type of blooms can sometime keep their flowering throughout winter which can make it not so bad. You can also purchase flowers from the store if you weren’t born with a green thumb.

Gray Snow

Snow is beautiful as it falls down from the sky. In the night, street lights catch it as it falls down quietly landing on street and sidewalk. Glints of snow take on the look of diamonds falling from the sky. What a beautiful sight. But as soon as day breaks the ugly truth comes out. All the cars are covered and you have to take an extra 10 minutes or so getting all that off just so your car can be usable to you. And when the cars began to hit the road all the soot and soiling from the streets combine with the snow, erasing all the beauty that was there before. Later, big scooping machines shuffle all the now dirty snow into a large gray pile of yuck. Sorry folks, got nothing here. Don't know what to do about the nasty snow. The depressing sight of it has to continue until it all melts away. All you can do is ignore it.

I wish I saw winter a bit differently but unfortunately I don’t. It can wreak havoc on your emotions and your body. And when that first sight of spring comes, the buds on the trees begin to sprout, I get giddy. The grass starts to come out of the ground, the air smells fresh and the birds begin to sing their thankful praises to the season for changing into something more suitable. I can’t wait for that day.

This was inspired by The Best Tips for Chapped Lips by Judi Bee.


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      hawaiihibou 6 years ago

      Hi I'm hawaiihibou:

      I use a public library computer so can't do much following as I would like to. Have you heard of water free shampoos and bath gels? There's portable heaters these days too for the cozy warmth you need during the winter months. Thanks though for everyting and Happy Holidays to you and your family from my family.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Amen kelleyward! I love that! I suffer from SAD too. I freeze in the summer so winter is 10 x's worse! Thanks for dropping in a comment! Have a warm day!

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      I hate winter also!!! I'm freezing all the time. I just want to stay inside but I miss the sun. I feel seasonal affective disorder coming on.... yuck!

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Ha! Thanks OfTheHeart. If winter stayed above 40 degrees I would be okay. But unfortunately...

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      Stephanie 6 years ago from New York

      You bring up all true and valid points against winter. LOL But even though I am a spring baby, winter holds the title for my favorite season. I don't like the dryness and the sickness either but it's the one season that houses all my favorite holidays. So I have to love the winter. Cool and chilly hub...LOL

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Be thankful for the brief example of the winter elements! So far this winter hasn't been that bad so far but when it dips down below the freezing point I'm ready to run for the border! Thanks for stopping by Christina P! Someday I hope to visit Australia. It always sounds so beautiful. :-)

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      Well here we are in Australia complaining of the heat, even our winters are very mild and definitely no snow in north Queensland. The closest I get to experiencing what you go through each winter Nia is when I spend some time in the big freezers at work, the cold is actually painful. Once again enjoyed reading your hub, have a great Christmas :)

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks Epi! Once again you make me giggle and blush! And thanks for my moment of fame on your FB. Ha! I don't know how you take that brisk Canadian air. Talk to you later!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....with Nia with your life affirming smile (please look for my recent hub about smiling) you know where this one is going - straight to my Facebook page with a direct link back here because you writing here is so much fun in its truth, candor and wit .......and yes I know all about winter too - I live 100 feet with brutal wind chills from one of North America's great lakes

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Paul Kuehn you're my hero! I don't want to go as far as Thailand but I am wanting to trade in the seasons of the states and live somewhere tropical. And you both are right snow is absolutely beautiful but when the beauty has faded and things become gloomy and dangerous I'm over it. Ha! Thanks for dropping in a comment Paul. Have an awesome day!

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks Support Med.! I've been meaning to do a hub on coping with winter and that was one in the list; stylishy dressing for it can make it a little bit better cause you get to show off your pretty winter sweaters and boots! Ha! Thanks for dropping in a comment. Have a beautiful day!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I,too, hate winter having originally lived in Wisconsin for much of my life. I guess that is why I am now living in balmy Thailand where winter comes when the temperature falls below 68 degrees and the humidity is out of the air. Snow is great if you only have to play in it. I know what it is to shovel it and struggle driving through it. Great hub!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      When the snow gets all dirty, grey and mushy -- and the ice, I don't like. Other than that, winter is beautiful to me. Each season has its own beauty, and winter is a time to get very fashionable with the big sweaters, boots, etc., if we could have winter without the ice alone, I would be grateful. Great tips here too for chapped lips.

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