Suffering Through Snow Malaise

Are you one of those folks sick of the snow?

By Elaine Reyes
|  Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Snow Fatigue Sets In

Jackie Bensen, NBC Washington

At Hardware City in Kensington, Md., there are no shovels, no salt... until Friday!

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Snow Fatigue Sets In

No doubt about it, we're in a Snow Streak. Some people say they can't get enough of it. Others are fed up, and say they're done with the scraping, shoveling, and digging out.
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Some people love the snow -- they're thrilled the Mid-Atlantic is experiencing a "real" winter. There's the sledding, the snow sports and then the days off from school (or maybe work).

But some Washingtonians are sick and tired of all the shoveling and scraping. They say that rescheduling appointments and difficult driving conditions are a burden on their already-busy lives.

So far this season, the D.C. area has received double its yearly average of snowfall -- and with another snow expected to start Friday morning, there's even more to come.

"What does snow mean for the average person here?" said Dr. Lorenzo Norris, a psychiatrist at the George Washington University.  "It means an increased demand on your already heavy day, that you are ill-prepared to deal with it. Most people will probaby feel OK with a day or two of snow, but when it starts to get into weeks that becomes a bit of a struggle."

His advice if you're "over" the snow?

"If it's a snowy day, if it's a bad day, you know what my favorite thing is? Take time. Slow down a little bit. Take a little bit of extra time, if you can reduce the work load. Make sure that you're finding enjoyment in your work, your social life and with your family, and then you're going to be able for a lack of a better word, navigate away those winter doldrums."

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