Psychologists designate the last week in January as the year's most depressing time. The holidays are behind us, the bills are still with us, it gets dark early, skies are frequently gray. We're passing through uninspired, hup-two-three-four drudgery.
Are there winter doldrums? I suspect there's a kind of psychological doldrums. Everyone's getting cabin fever. I'm into hockey, though, so this is a great time of year for me.
What's the worst thing about mid-to-late winter? Summer seems so far off.
What's the remedy? Take it a day at a time and appreciate every day. Get outside for a little exercise and walking around.
Retired voice teacher
Are there such things as winter doldrums? Maybe when you're younger, but not so much when you're older. You learn how to enjoy life better. You have plenty to keep you busy.
What's the worst part of mid-to-late winter? Getting dark so early. I'm a sunshine person.
What's the remedy? The key is staying healthy. You can't enjoy yourself if you don't feel good. Plus, it's great to be retired.
What do you do for fun this time of year? Snowmobiling. Go to the Y to exercise. Go hiking. We also do a lot of theater.
Girl Scouts training coordinator
Describe the winter doldrums. It's cold, it's not as sunny. I'm a skier, so I like snow, but it gets depressing when it's just gray, cold and cloudy, but doesn't snow.
What's an antidote to winter doldrums? Stay active. Get out and do things, especially with people you like.
Name some fun things this time of year. Skiing. We just got back from a ski trip. If you're not outdoorsy, read a good book beside the fire and stay warm.
High school film teacher
What are the winter doldrums? The lull period when Halloween and all the interesting things of fall are behind us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are over, the football season is all but done. There's no major holidays to look forward to and celebrate as a family, the weather tends to be dreary, and there's not much to get "up" for.
What's the worst thing about this time of year? Nasty weather putting restrictions on the places you want to go church, events, even work.
What's the best way to fend off the doldrum Blue Meanies? Try to enjoy what winter brings. Appreciate the moisture, the beauty, how it makes Pikes Peak look. Recognize that this, too, shall pass, and warmer times are comin'.
What are some good things about this time of year? Using being cooped up as an opportunity to spend quality time with the family. If you're into things like skiing and snowboarding, now's the time to do them.