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How to Get Through Freeze Up

by bevbarnes on November 28, 2012

Is it late fall, early winter near you?

I live in a region where there are six seasons.  The first people who lived here, the Algonguins and Crees named them summer, fall, freeze-up, winter, spring and break-up.

For me, the worst of these is Freeze-Up.

The in-between season. 

Not really fall, and not really winter.                             

Really short days, cold, wet, icy, windy, snowy, grey, grey, grey.  Winter is actually a relief because even though it gets really cold, the sun comes back.  It’s bright, shiny, sunny, blue and white in the winter here.

I’ve been caught in Freeze-Up for the past few weeks.  Our Thanksgiving is way earlier than our American friends so I didn’t even have that distraction.  After watching the entire first season of Homeland in two days (which is a fabulous series that deserved all the awards it got, by the way) it hit me that maybe the weather was affecting my mood.  I suspect that SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is rampant during Freeze-Up.

If you are like me, you probably find it hard to tap into your passions or keep moving towards them when the world outside is so cold and grey.

This week’s passion tip will help.  It is absolutely the easiest thing that you can do to (pun alert) weather this transition.  It’s what I did when I couldn’t get a hold of the second season of Homeland.

Go for a walk.

Even if it’s grey and cloudy and snowy.

Even if it’s cold and windy and drizzly.

Even if you just want to curl up in a ball and sleep through the winter.

Even if your mind is resisting the impending winter.

Especially if you’ve been overtaken by lethargy, and you feel planted to your chair,

Especially if you are overwhelmed by not doing what’s on your to-do list,

Especially if you are wondering if you’ll ever again have any heartfelt desires.

Go for a walk.

It’s medicine for your soul.

It’s more effective than anti-depressants.

It’s easy, all you need is shoes.



You’ll notice the light hidden in the grey clouds.

You’ll feel the cold wind on your cheeks.

You’ll breathe deeply.

You’ll feel alive.

You’ll be thankful.

Gratitude trumps freeze-up.




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Lysanne November 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Here’s my tip. I think of the people I see in therapy who struggle with advanced cancer. I think of my late uncle who once told me, when he was hospitalized: “How I wish I could see another season”. Then, I look outside and am thankful for I am given yet another day and possibly another season. I don’t look at the temperature in the same way I used to.
Today, we are in between season’s in Montreal. It’s cold, grey and the trees look like they died without their leaves. But I am thankful for yet another day, recognizing how lucky I am not only to see this day as it is but trusting that I just might get to see the first snowfall… Hope this can help 🙂


Bev Barnes November 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I love this Lysanne. It’s something that I went through too with my Dad. It sounds like being grateful is the common theme and the quickest way to start feeling good. Thanks for sharing.


Lynne November 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Dear Bev,

I LOVE your post! It is simply divinely timed! Thank YOU for your heart-centered messages, everytime!

There are 3 actions I like to do when I start ‘Freezing-Up’ (apart from going outdoors):
(i) *Breathe. Meditate* … This allows me to cut off from any spiraling negativity & to referesh/rejuvenate my energy!
(ii) *Read or watch a video of an inspiring author I like*… This allows me to connect to something inspiring & creative. It boosts my energy!
(iii) Welcome & accept my ‘Freezing-Up’ mood. Acknowledge its existence and see if it has a message for me. Once that is done, I go for a walk 🙂



Bev Barnes November 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Lynne. I love that my messages are useful 🙂 Your suggestions are fantastic. I especially love the last one, checking out the message of the Freeze Up before going for a walk.


Kari November 29, 2012 at 5:22 am

I also live in Canada and I often react to the freeze up by freezing up too! I find I grit my teeth more than usual when I have to run out to warm up the car or walk the dog BUT- you’re so right- once I get outside and just go for a walk I feel better. I dropped my 4 yr old daughter off at preschool the other day. It was -12C so their outdoor play was canceled and she scornfully told me- “we could at least go for a walk!” Out of the mouths of babes…


Bev Barnes December 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hi Kari. Love that. 4 year-olds rock!


Jean December 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I feel like you “get” me, Bev Barnes! Thanks for this post.


Bev Barnes December 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You are so welcome Jean. Nice to hear from you!


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