Actually, what I’m hearing from my psychotherapy clients, friends, and relatives is “No more snow, no more snow, no more snow!” Here on Long Island, we have had significant snow fall this winter including two major snow storms just this week.
It has not only been inconvenient and makes getting places difficult, it has emotional consequences for many. For some, depression and anxiety emerges. For others, fear and sense of powerlessness is experienced.
This is not only experienced by people who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it is also experienced by people who generally don’t experience depression, anxiety, etc. The lack of routine, connection with others, activities, and work often create depression and anxiety. Being afraid to venture out, yet wanting to, may create a sense of isolation and feeling trapped.
For those who tend not to experience this it is quite disconcerting. For those who often suffer with this may feel traumatized because what they are feeling is significantly magnified.
Simple Tips For Relieving Snow-Related Stress
There are some simple ways in which we can minimize or eradicate our internal and external reactions to snow. Some people not only feel stuck by this snow, but are also stuck in their thoughts about the snow:
- It may be helpful to talk about it with someone, yet briefly so not to whip one’s self into a frenzy about it. I give myself one minute a day to bitch and moan about it and then work on letting go of the thought.
- It is also actually possible to enjoy the snow. I love to watch my black lab, Keegan, play in the snow. Sometimes my belly hurts from laughing so much since she so enjoys it. As adults, we can also go sleigh riding, have snowball fights, and build snowmen and snowwomen; this is not only for children. Inviting people over to share a meal or even having an adult pajama party can be fun.
- I hope that you find a way to remember that snow is just temporary and find a way to live with it anxiety free.
By Kathleen Dwyer-Blair, LCSW BCD
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Credits: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, by lyricists Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne.