Many people suffer from a phenomenon known as the “winter blues,” a form of depression that takes effect during certain times of the year. As we move on from the uplifting spirits that often accompany the holiday season, it’s never easy to face the stark reality of the daily grind. But this winter has been especially cruel. Weather experts point to a shift in the polar jet stream that has led to record, frigid lows and set more than a thousand local records for snowfall in January.
And for people in areas of the country that rarely experience a white Christmas, including Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and some areas of Florida, the financial burdens of the holiday season have been severely compounded by lost wages and the need to shell out funds for emergency repairs of burst pipes, broken heaters, collapsed roofs, and damaged cars over the past month.