Sunshine can help melt a frosty mood

CREATED Feb 18, 2014

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MEQUON - Milwaukee hit a record daily maximum 6.7” of snowfall on Monday and as TODAY’S TMJ4 found out yesterday, people are getting sick of all the snow.

“It’s ridiculous,” Ginny in Brookfield said on Monday during the snow.  Tom Saugen in Delafield is so sick of the snow, he hired someone else to shovel for him, “It’s hard, I can't wait for it to end.”

But in the past 24 hours, we’ve gone from complaining about Mother Nature, to thanking her.

“The snow is beautiful, it's nice and refreshing,” Jody Yenter tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.  Even as she continues to clean up the mess Mother Nature left behind.

“I'm glad it's warming up a little bit and hopefully this will all be gone soon,” Mike Sommers says as he snow-blows his parents’ pavement.

Melting the snow may take some time but Psychiatrist Jeff Taxman from Mequon Clinical Associates believes that sunshine can help melt a frosty mood.  “It allows you to get out and be active and that's always good for both the mind and the body as well as the mood.”

Yenter agrees, “It's nice, it's actually, you can take a walk, take your dog out, whatever and enjoy the day.”

But Dr. Taxman doesn’t want you to wait for a change in the weather to change your mood, “Keeping yourself physically healthy, and exercise and emotionally interactive with others is a good start.”

But if those suggestions don’t help, there may be a more serious problem Dr. Taxman explains, “Whether it’s nice out, or sunny or There are signs to look out for Dr. Taxman adds, ”Things you used to enjoy, you don't enjoy anymore, decreased appetite or enjoyment of food, less enjoyment of physical intimacy, thoughts of suicide, thoughts of hopelessness or helplessness, those are things that are relatively serious and you may notice it or pay attention if your loved ones are concerned.  Or you're feeling hopeless, I'd see a professional.  There are therapists and psychiatrists and psychologists that can help determine whether it’s something that needs to be treated or something that you can take care of yourself.”

But for many Wisconsinites, getting through the winter is all about enjoying what you can, looking forward to warmer days and staying positive when the thermometer reads negative.  “Just waiting for summer-time, waitin’ for 80 degrees,” Sommers says.

 “We’re tough... we live in the Midwest!” Yenter adds.