When I lived in Frankfurt, a friend of mine, Ade, would warn me about being hit by depression during winter. I didn't get depressed, winter came by and went and I didn't feel any different. The same in London, life pretty much remained the same, we still went out and had our makans, I still made my daily school runs. So I thought it was just her, that it was all psychological, and I was above all that.
But last winter in Moscow, I definitely felt pretty down. I didn't realise this till winter was over, but for some time, I just didn't feel like talking to anyone, or even replying emails, just felt very hermit-like. It doesn't help that winter in Moscow lasts as long as 7 months!
"Symptoms of the winter blues may include lethargy, lowered mood, problems sleeping, carbohydrate cravings and weight gain." I've definitely got all the symptoms now. While snow came later this year than last (around 3rd week of November), the days are already really short now. It doesn't get bright till past 9am and it starts to get dark by 3pm. By 4.30pm, it's almost like night.
I find myself climbing back to bed after seeing the boys off in the morning. And still feel pretty lethargic all day. There are of course ways to combat the winter blues, eg force yourself to go out, talk to friends, even UV light therapy. But when you're in the mood for hibernating, that's all you wanna do. You kind of start enjoying the blues, it's a really strange feeling.