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Use the Strain of Winter to Cultivate Compassion

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I
love
the
winter.
Maybe
it’s
because
I’m
a
January
baby,
but
there’s
something
about
the
snow
that
really
gets
me
going.
I
love
doing
everything
snow
related,
from
ice
skating
to
snowball
fights
and
sledding
with
my
son.
I’ve
even
gone
out
mushroom
hunting
in
the
dead
of
winter,
with
some
pretty
impressive
success.
For
me,
the
colder
temperatures
and
lower
slant
of
the
sun
are
just
one
more
season
to
enjoy.

However,
winter
has
a
very
different
effect
on
most
people.
In
general,
humans
tend
to
dislike
feeling
cold.
That
means
those
that
live
in
northern
locations
tend
to
stay
inside
throughout
the
winter
months.
Even
for
those
who
get
outside
occasionally,
the
little
sunlight
they
do
encounter
may
not
be
enough
to
help
them
maintain
adequate
levels
of
vitamin
D.
Solar
exposure
increases
your
serotonin
levels,
and
without
it,
you
can
slump
into
a
funk.
Sunlight
is
also
the
primary
human
source
for
vitamin
D,
which
benefits
our
immune
systems
and
keeps
our
bones
healthy.

Millions
of
people
in
North
America
alone
feel
the
effects
of

seasonal
affective
disorder

(SAD)
every
winter.
Some
people
take
supplements
or
sit
in
front
of
sunlight
lamps
to
stave
off
the
worst
effects
of
this
mild
form
of
depression.
Most
others
just
struggle
on
through
the
winter
in
a
bit
of
a
gloomy
haze.

As
if
the
fact
that
the
weather
itself
has
seemed
to
turn
against
us
isn’t
enough,
the
winter
is
also
the
holiday
season.
This
means
that
people
have
to
deal
with
their
families
and
the
financial
stresses
that
come
from
Christmas.
Whether
they
have
to
sit
down
to
dinner
with
someone
who
abused
them
as
a
child,
bite
their
tongue
while
a
family
member
says
something
offensive,
or
purchase
presents
for
their
kids
on
credit,
the
holidays
can
be
quite
exhausting
and
draining.

That’s
why
the
late
winter
months
leading
into
spring
are
a
time
of
year
when
we
should
focus
on
practicing
greater
compassion.
When
you
feel
slightly
miserable,
it’s
easy
to
let
every
little
negative
stimulus
rapidly
turn
into
a
major
problem.
You
can
blow
things
out
of
proportion
or
react
in
ways
that
would
not
be
characteristic
of
your
personality
most
of
the
year.
Everyone
else
around
you
is
likely
in
a
similar
situation.
Tensions
rise,
relationships
feel
the
strain,
and
everyone
seems
slightly
more
miserable.

Compassion
starts
at
home,
so
you
should
begin
your
new
practice
in
seasonal
compassion
by
looking
to
yourself.
Have
you

honestly
assessed
yourself

to
see
if
you
are
impacted
by
the
winter
weather?
If
not,
it
may
be
time
to
do
so.
Understanding
that
the
seasons
can
influence
your
mood
and
mental
health
can
help
you
take
better
control
of
the
situation.
You
can
increase
your
commitment
to
self-care
and
expand
your
regimen
to
include
things
like
a
solar
lamp
or
extra
outdoor
time.

Give
yourself
space
for
the
negative
emotions
that
can
come
with
mild
depression,
and
try
to
forgive
yourself
for
lower
energy
levels
or
poor
moods.
Try
to
extend
that
forgiveness
to
the
other
people
you
see,
whether
it’s
someone
who’s
rude
to
you
getting
coffee
in
the
morning
or
a
co-worker
with
a
chip
on
their
shoulder.

Remembering
that
the
winter
can
be
very
difficult
for
some
people
may
make
it
easier
for
you
to
be
compassionate
toward
those
who
are
difficult
in
the
colder
months.
A
little
empathy
and
encouragement
can
go
a
long
way
when
someone
is
struggling.
Showing
yourself
more
love
and
extending
that
love
to
the
other
people
you
interact
with
every
day
can
make
the
colder
months
of
the
year
seem
a
little
bit
brighter,
especially
if
you’re
not
having
fun
in
the
snow
like
some
of
us.

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