The long dark tunnel starts in late October each year. The clocks go back, the weather turns and the days get shorter. Little Vitamin D for our mind and body to prosper. As a race, humankind hunkers down. We eat rich, hot food and drink plenty of hot fluids to ward off the evil lurgies that hang around in winter. We sleep more and our zest takes a real hit.
Even when the calendar clicks past 21st December, we still struggle. The weather turns ever colder and we feel even worse. Personal problems tend to magnify in winter. Gradually, we make it through January and February and we hope for a good spring. As has happened this year, winter has continued unabated very late with snow, ice and freezing temperatures. The end of the long, dark tunnel seems further away than ever.
Then five months later, the clocks go forward. We lose that hour’s sleep but gain that hour in the evening. The weather maybe is still cold, but those hazy, lazy days of summer are about to arrive. Seven months of Vitamin D(!) and a great supply of daylight. Then the cycle begins again.
Why have I gone through this? Because winter isn’t a good time of year and a lot of people in the Northern Hemisphere suffer a lot from S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) where lack of light and sunshine causes a massive tailspin in our well being and moods. I can’t wait for this Sunday to arrive so I can wind those clocks forward and countdown to summer. As I’m sure millions of others do too.
About to emerge from that long, dark tunnel into the twinkling sunlight….