Coping with Non-Stop Cold & Snow

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

A mountain of snow has once again fallen in Mid-Michigan. Go just about anywhere and you'll hear the same sentiment:

"We're ready for spring," said one man.

"Everybody's just tired," said a woman.

"I'm tired of it. I've had enough," said another man.

People all over the region are tired of the snow, the cold, and winter.

"It was 50 degrees a couple of days ago and now here we are, it's 32 and we have five or six inches of snow," said Craig Baxter, a father taking his daughter Olivia to Impression Five. "I think everybody in Mid-Michigan is ready for spring-- absolutely."

People are doing anything they can think of to escape.

Ralph Skinner was glad his granddaughter's art and science class wasn't canceled at Impression 5, although it did take longer to get there.

"I would bet this is probably the last hurrah. I think it's going to get warm. I think it will all melt off. I don't think we'll get any snow in April-- I'm hoping," said Skinner with a smile. "I was very disappointed this morning when I woke up and saw like six inches on our balcony."

The museum had five groups scheduled to visit Wednesday. Two made it, the other three had to reschedule.

"They're all tired of it," said Skinner. "When I see [folks] on the road they say 'We're tired of this,' 'We're tired,' 'We give.' Uncle."

"We had the nice warm-up, said Christine Barrett, who brought her son to the museum. "My son actually got sunburned and now it's snowing again."

For those not able to escape, the snow means car accidents and winter blues.

This winter the Tri-County Mental Health Authority has seen an uptick in the number of people it serves with mild to moderate depression. The staff said if you find yourself getting down during this prolonged winter weather, the best way to pick your spirit back up is to exercise, socialize, and volunteer.

"When you volunteer, you have that good feeling and it's like a double dose. You are doing something good for other people and it's extremely appreciated --so that makes everybody happy," said Barb Starling, a staff member. "The winter has been very hard on people because its been so cold, so snowy and so isolative. People aren't getting out. They are staying inside more, the probably feel a lot less connected."

To avoid the winter blues, the Tri-County Mental Health Authority said people should try a new activity or plan a party. People need something to look forward to.


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