I know the winter is long, and the cold is deep and unrelenting. And, yes, the struggle to see the light at the end of this long season is weighing us down. But I think there's something else at play here, too. Winter reminds us of how little control we really have and of how long transitions take. We're laser-focused on one goal (spring), and when we're that focused, time moves at its own pace (i.e. wicked slow).
But winter is an opportunity, not for distraction, because that's not necessarily a good habit to fall into either, but for absorption. If we constantly focus on the one thing we can't have (yet), then we drive ourselves, and everyone in our orbit, to the edge--which isn't far off for any of us this time of year.
So, instead, look up, look out. And by looking out, maybe you'll notice that the birds started calling fifteen minutes earlier this morning than the last time you happened to listen. Maybe you'll notice you opened your curtains a bit earlier this morning and closed them later the night before. Maybe you'll notice change *likes* to be noticed (not stalked).