Manners Matter: Battling the Winter Blues

Dear Mary Pat,

After living in Door County full time for more than 10 years, this is the first winter I’m unemployed. My boss decided to close at the end of the year. Thankfully, I saved enough to cover my winter expenses. I’m fairly certain I’ll have the same job again come spring, but I’m not really sure how to fill the days. I’m sure binge-watching Netflix will get old after awhile. If I stay here, how do I do so without losing my mind?


Long Winter Ahead

Egg Harbor, Wis.


Dear Long Winter Ahead,

When the temperature struggles to creep above 0 degrees, it certainly can feel as though winter lasts forever. Be assured it doesn’t. The best way to see yourself through the winter is to have a schedule. Write down the things you’d like to do (cross-country ski, read, visit with friends, catch up on some Netflix), the things you have to do (tax prep, clean out your closet, go to the gym, clean the house) and then the things that would be rewarding (traveling, volunteering your time at any number of charities that could all use your help). Once you get your lists sorted, establish a routine and stick to it. You’ll be happier, more productive and your mind will stay intact.

Good luck,

Mary Pat

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