An Exercise In Happiness

Here’s how to fight the Mean Reds.

Gabrielle Ross

February 28, 2014 | Fog | March 2014

There are very few windows in my apartment.

It’s impossible to know, when I wake up in the morning, what the weather will be like outside. Everything is shrouded, and the thick dark green drapes in my living room obscure reality.

One morning, I strapped my winter boots on, ready for another day of cold, slush, gray and wind. I wrapped my scarf around my face, and put up my hood. I opened my door and then…

The sun hit my face.


I cannot explain the feeling of relief and pure joy I felt as my face bathed in the warmth. At that exact moment, I realized that “my” fog is winter, and the dark and cloudy days that it brings. Whenever Spring’s around the corner, my brain starts to feel lighter, and it’s like a grainy filter finally lifts from my eyes and I can breathe/live/laugh again.

I’m guessing I suffer from an undiagnosed case of seasonal affective disorder, and I figure other people do, too.

What follows are tips and tricks for getting rid of the SADs, when old man winter has got you down. Click one:

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Gabby is an Acadian who’s missing the sea and splitting her time completing her Master of Social Work at UOttawa and watching TV. She also writes for Fantastic Fangirls & Heroine TV and tweets at @gloryisben.


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