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Keep Busy To Avoid Feeling Gloomy in Weston

Jane Powell of Wilton had a smile on her face despite the rain Monday. "I keep busy. I go shopping and play with my dog," said Powell, who was in Weston Center to do grocery shopping. "Just knowing that it's not going to last forever."

This has been a "long, gloomy season" since the beginning of the year, said Charlene Chaing-Hillman, Weston's social worker. "People aren't getting Vitamin A and Vitamin D from the sun and that can make them irritable. ... Everybody is kind of missing the sun."

Powell headed to Denver but found the same weather there.

To avoid feeling gloomy, Chaing-Hillman suggests people stay busy and try to interact with other people. "If you're stuck in the house, call someone on the telephone. The more television you watch, the more glumness you'll feel."

Keeping the mind active by reading helps avoid feeling depressed and is better than passive entertainment such as watching television.

The long winter contributed to a feeling of being shut out and isolated, especially among seniors, which creates depression, said Chaing-Hillman. Those facing financial difficulties have also had to keep the heat on for longer, stretching their budgets, which also causes stress and depression.

But you can look on the bright side instead. "There's a whole group of people who garden that are very happy that it's raining," said Chaing-Hillman.

How do you stay happy when the rain keeps falling? Leave your suggestions below.

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