the Winter Mood Project

Hello, I’m Chris and this is my first blog so please bear with me if things don’t work right straight away. My friend Jo will be along in a bit to add her thoughts.

We decided to start this blog on a gloriously sunny day, the 1st of  June 2013, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. 2012/13 was, even by British standards, a pretty beastly winter. It went on, and on, and on. And whether you want to call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, Seasonal Mood Disorder, Winter Blues or something else, we have it and we were gasping for a spring which it seemed would never come. So we resolved that this winter was going to be different and that we would take a more positive and active approach to managing our moods and getting to the other side in much better shape than last time around. This is likely to mean us trying different things to boost our moods and drawing on what others do to manage theirs in the dark and cold and grey months and sharing them on here; partly as a way of structuring our own journey through the season but also to share them with you so that you can decide if there’s anything worth trying for yourself. 

Right now it’s still Autumn and the reds, yellows and greens have yet to give way to the browns and greys, but for myself I know I need to start taking care of myself now because by the time I am in the middle of winter I will have lost any energy and motivation to do it. 

You can email us your own thoughts and survival tactics at (remove hyphens and replace at with @) and we will put the best ones on the blog. We look forward to hearing from you and, who knows, maybe we’ll even enjoy this winter. Here’s hoping. 


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2 Responses to the Winter Mood Project

  1. Liz says:

    My advice is get a dog. You have to take them out whatever the weather and get to see amazing sights with no one else around. Last winter we had some gorgeous walks in the snow on wonderful sunny days.

    • Getting out to see and be out in the weather is to be recommended, Liz. And when you can’t take a dog for a walk – take a person. They are nearly as good sometimes. On the theme of animals, finding a new cat is a winter mood project of some great for us up here at Birch Mansions. We miss a cat in our house and garden. Our last one, young Humbug, was a Christmas kitten and gave us every excuse not to do the rounds of visiting one and all over the festive season. We’ll find another feline friend or two this December I hope and that will bring a whole new wonderful world of snuggling up indoors.

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