Yesterday was the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, from now on, day by day and week by week, the earth will change its position relative to the sun, and incrementally, the daylight hours will get longer, the temperature will gradually rise, and the new birth of spring will begin.

A lot of people have asked me whether it’s the time of year that’s made me depressed, it is a recognised condition (SAD) that makes the winter months much worse for many people, but it’s not something that I’ve ever had a problem with, I don’t really feel the cold too much, and although I prefer summer to winter, I do like the kind of winter day where it’s cold but crisp, dry, sunny.

I don’t think there’s ever a good time to suffer anxiety and depression, but I do get on board with the idea that if it happens in summer, there’s much more opportunity to get outside, get some fresh air, and some sunshine for all the vitamin D that modern life often lacks, but I’m trying to get outside as much as possible, because the days where I never leave the sofa are the absolute worst, the cloud never shifts, and the lack of sleep gets much worse.

Christmas is just a couple of days away, I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas, and here’s to the clouds lifting, the cold receding, and the black dog coming to heel in the new year.

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