This post written in collaboration with Accor Hotels
Being a non-Melbournite by birth, and despite having lived in this city for considerable portion of my life, I’m not entirely at ease with the bone-freezing temperatures that the region can throw up at this time of year.
And, you know, being Melbourne, also at random an unexpected times throughout all the other seasons, including in the midst of several consecutive days of 33 degree plus temperatures (that would be 33 degrees Celcius).
It’s an evil cold that seeps into your very core. Not a fan. Also not able to warm up for hours and hours after being subject to chillingness of it all.
Inevitably, I’m also not immune to the Winter SADs; more technically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. You may be aware of it, or you may be aware that you feel more blah in the colder months and not really able to put a finger on it.
(You can also read a little more on Australian Winter Behaviour on the Accor Hotels website.)
I did know that people felt blah or sad or down, and understand the lack of appeal to do things like exercise, be outdoors, or get out of pyjamas.
I didn’t realise just how many people were affected, and although it makes sense, I hadn’t really thought much about how the Winter Sads varied between the states.
Interesting, at least to me, is the data on residents of the ACT (and there is so much more I could say here … but I won’t, because I’m nice).
Why people don’t take advantage of the extra tracky dack wearing, though, and do some activity which may or may not help with a) feeling cold, and b) feeling blah, I don’t know. It would make sense, but also … urgh, getting up and out of bed in the freezing cold.
I do think the only real cure is to go somewhere warm; sadly the Doona Wrap, combined with chocolate pudding and Netflix-series binging just doesn’t seem to infiltrate the cold and sad like being in nice climes does.
If you could be somewhere else right now … where would you be?