I’ve been having a bit of a grump lately. That’s an understatement. A sick-of-winter-want-sun-sick-of-the-flu-sick-of-paying-taxes major depresso-fest is more like it. Since we moved to Vermont I’ve gotten more colds than I think I picked up in the whole of my living in California, and the trees are still bare and spiky, with snow squalls at random. I had no idea I had seasonal depression until now, but in the “fake summer” week of March I was deliriously happy.
So I’m trying to redirect the grump to some Spring-time resolutions, focus points to get me out of the bad news cycle of regret & stress – my biggest enemies!
1. Be kind to each other.
Our friend Kate, who’s Scottish & charming and polite in a way that’s basically alien to me, often gently remind us (me) that her #1 marriage tip is to “be kind to each other” – I’m really a beast when I’m grumpy. Remembering to be kind to yourself and others goes a long way to stopping the cycle of grump.
2. Grow things.
Sean is the gardener in this relationship, but I’m spending these sick, dreary rainy days with Smart Gardener, which is great for people like me who have no idea what we’re doing. Just thinking about sunny days grubbing in the dirt cheers me up.
3. Spring nesting
The house is crazzzzyyy torn apart from the hallway renovation, and the sewing room is been half painted – getting things unpacked and put away and getting the little renovations done will help a lot, and once the sewing room is done I can Etsy one million things & make space and feel less scattered. Yes.
What are your tips to get through the final push of winter?