Around here I have the opposite problem as far as the winter months go. Its the only time I really enjoy the craft due to the weather being too hot and humid for the rest of the year. However this year just as I was getting started on making presents for the family I had an accident that nearly cost me my thumb. It happened in late October and still isn't completely healed. I have maybe 14 board feet of nice curly maple just sitting in the shed along with maybe 16 BF of walnut and maybe 3 usable feet of sapelle (the rest is warped and twisted too badly to be used for much). I go out and look at it every now and then, but somehow can not get up the desire to actually do anything.
Nothing personal guys but, some days its even a chore to read more than two or three posts here at the forum. Talk about being in a slump! Its bad when you can't even find the energy to post with other woodworkers...
I went through the same thing. I was in a hurry and didn't use a push stick and was wearing leather gloves. The blade caught the tip of the thumb on the glove and
!!! I didn't go back into the shop for months and beat myself up that whole time for being so stupid. 34 years in construction, all kinds of safety certifications and I did something that I would never have done at work. I went into a funk and just didn't have any desire to do anything with woodworking.
But maybe instead of woodworking you might want to take this time to make your shop more inviting. It seems most of us work in basements or garages and unless we fix them up really nice, it can be depressing spending too much time there.
I used have concrete foundation walls and standard fluorescents. One day I remembered what I've heard at work so many times, "You gotta make your own conditions." So I removed all the tools, work benches, dust collection piping, etc and started nailing 2x2 to the walls. I installed rigid foam insulation between them and nailed a light colored wood paneling over that. No drywall needed. Then I changed the lamps in the fixtures to 6500K lamps, which brightened up the shop and cast a more sunlight-type of light in the room. When I set everything back up again, I made some of the improvements I had wished had I done the first time around. The shop was warmer, brighter and more inviting.
And I also bought myself a nice boom box with an MP3 player and remote control. I can get over 150 songs on a disk and listen to my favorite tunes all day or just listen to the radio. It's loud enough to drown out even the planer and DC and the music definitely helps with the solitude issue.
You gotta make your own conditions.