Winter in New England brings a set of patterns and habits for all of us. For some Upper Valley residents, it may come with anxiety, depression or intrusive thoughts. Why does this happen in the winter more than other times of year? The simplest reason may be that the sun sets earlier, it’s colder and we spend more time indoors with our thoughts.
More time indoors doesn’t always lead to stress or anxiety, but if you’ve noticed a pattern of more stress in the winter you don’t have to just put up with it. Winter can be a resting period for your body, and an active period for your mind. Working with an Upper Valley counselor during the winter can be the right time to start thinking about seasonal patterns linked with your emotions and interactions.
Think of it this way, are you more likely to treat a cold while you’re in the midst of it, or after it’s over? Toughing it out year after year in the winter is what New Englanders are known for but another way of thinking about the season (and the symptoms) is that it’s an opportunity to do some work.
Your new take on winter can involve meeting with an Upper Valley counselor. You can use the relative quiet of the winter to take on questions that are there all year…questions about existing relationships. Questions about where your life is heading currently or in the future. Questions about love, work, stress. The direction of your sessions is up to you, but only if you decide to put that time to good use.
If you’re curious about meeting with a therapist this winter, get in touch. We’d be happy to tell you more about how the process works.