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Long, hard winter can wreak havoc on emotions

Reported by: Kyle Rogers

HARRISBURG -- The continuing cold temperatures and the slam of winter into Central Pennsylvania this season can bring stress, according to experts. 

Cindy Richard with Pen-Mar Human Services in York County said the onslaught of the wintry weather raises tense emotions for those who experience first-hand the challenges of cold weather.

From everyday chores such as retrieving the mail to letting the pets out for a short break, the cold can cause a wear and tear on the emotions. 

Dorothy Patterson of Lancaster agreed. She was one of thousands in her county who went without power for a couple days.

Now, here we are again on Valentines Day, its hard and its very stressful, said Patterson.

Patterson is selling wooden flowers at the Colonial Park Mall and she hopes her stand will bring more smiles, despite the deep freeze. 

Meanwhile, Richard suggests people consider exercising more, eat healthy foods, drink lots of water and just continue your routine.

She also suggests going to the mall. 

Even if you dont talk with somebody, just being around people is so important it can lift your spirits so much quicker, said Richard. 

Patti Staub of Harrisburg spent Tuesday night visiting the mall with her son. 
I hope we dont have a spring, Staub said. I hope we go right into summer.

Richard strongly encourages those who know somebody who suffers from depression or often experiences low mood swings to check up on them during this time.

Pennsylvania has set up a hotline for those experiencing troubles during the storm. Trained professionals are on the other line ready to take questions, comments, and concerns at 1-800-958-5990.
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