ARTICLES / General /Coaxing Spring /
By: Jennifer Cleveland
We are entering the time of year that some of us
find hard to bear–and that is late winter.
The sparkle of the holidays end; family members go
back to their cross-country locales, and so begins,
for those of us in the colder parts of the country,
the longest, starkest part of the year. Add a
serious illness to that image, and it is no wonder
that those afflicted, and their caregivers, feel
especially overwhelmed and let down.
But even when caring for a loved one,
there are things you can do to brighten long days.
The following are simple ideas you can try, even if
you are not feeling very energetic, to remind
yourself that there is life and regeneration all
Prepare a little windowsill garden of
fragrant herbs. Or, cut a few prunings of your
favorite foliage. A low-maintenance, mini-greenhouse
project can result in new growth that’s ready for
Sunshine in a Box
Light boxes have been used for the
treatment of various mood conditions like
depression, seasonal affect disorder, even jet lag.
Though they tend to be expensive – ranging from $150
to $500 – experts recommend them for the treatment
of the winter blahs. If you’re unable to
travel to a warmer climate to break up the winter
months, this might be an option. Be sure to
consult your doctor and research the variety of
products before buying.