January 06, 2015

“Every mile is two in winter...”

 A picture of a woman with tattooed legs holding a cup of tea and sitting on a Pendleton wool blanker

I was born in August. I'm a Leo*. I was going to be called Summer until my parents realised we are not starring in an American sitcom. I need sunshine and warmth to thrive. I know it's cliché and so very British to complain about the weather, but I'm going to anyway. Fight me.

I don't know for sure if it's some kind of SAD or just an extension of my not-so-sunny disposition, but I feel like I float through October-February feeling totally numb. It's almost a defence mechanism because I. Just. Can't. Cope. I think if I shut off and hide away until it's above 10 degrees celsius again, that it won't affect me as much. Except it does. I am less sociable - as an already anxious introvert who prefers books to humans, that means I don't go outside much. It pains me to go outside. I lose motivation for life. I flake on my friends. I rush to do my errands and get back to the safety of my central heated home as soon as I can. I sound awfully dramatic.

It's not just the temperature that bothers me - because I do actually like wrapping up in my awesome collection of jumpers... it's the darkness too. We are lucky to get 6 hours of proper daylight and even then it's cloudy and grey. My beloved cactus shrivel up. My skin goes a whole new shade of Irish. I can't take decent selfies or photos of my cats doing hilarious things - it's a real problem, I know. I just hate WINTER. I feel like it's a huge inconvenience and I can't embrace it. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to live in California, but you know, visas don't come easy. Then I thought maybe somewhere like Greece, but the food is pretty terrible if you're a vegetarian who hates cold salad. So, I'm stuck for the time being making excuses to not go outside - which really isn't that difficult when we throw Netflix, cats, a warm fiancé, hot baths and mugs of tea into the equation.

How do you get through the cold months? Any self-care tips? Leave a comment below! xo

* Sorry to break it to you, but I'm an astrology-loving hippie, I understand if you want to leave the room and never return.
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  1. somewhere in between california and greece there is barcelona :) fantastic city, awesome food and...the perfect weather! actually, i would like to feel the real winter sometimes! I just have to move a little bit far away from the coast to feel it, but here in barcelona city... the weather is fantastic for people like you!

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    1. Hello! Moving to Barcelona has been something I've thought about. I've visited three times and it's one of my favourite places in the world. One day, maybe! I don't speak much (any!) Spanish unfortunately.

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    2. i'm happy you like it
      you can always learn spanish..never too late :)

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  2. Im from sunny southern California but living in Philadelphia and these cold dark winter months are really getting to me! I can say I have experienced everything you mentioned (I'm also a LEO), from lack of motivation for small errands and tasks to my poor succulents from San Diego looking shriveled and sad. I know seasonal depression is so common, but i cant seem to find a common way to fix it. 40 days until Spring! Til then, I suppose Netflix, coffee and reading enlightening blogs will have to suffice :)

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