I love Fall and Winter weather! I love when the weather starts to get a little crisper and cleaner and those mornings when it’s nicer to stay under the covers and snuggle are abundant. With the days getting shorter and a little grayer, there are folks that aren’t as enthusiastic as some of us tend to be. Winter’s entrance brings on a sadness for them that might be hard to shake. While I am perfectly content to bundle up to go outside, or snuggle down to stay indoors where it’s warm, some of us mope around, praying for Spring again.
I know that science has put a name on this and labelled it a disorder called SAD; Seasonal Affective Disorder.
“Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.
Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.”
~quote from The Mayo Clinic website
I’m not here to talk about the disorder because I’m not a doctor, but I would like to talk about how to catch yourself on the brink of sinking into this kind of depression. I’d like to offer some suggestions about how to even yourself out and into a more positive direction before it gets really bad for you.
One of my friends that suffered horribly owned a light. She kept it at her desk when she was working and when the weather started turning, she kept it on all the time. They’re called light therapy boxes and these days you can find them everywhere for sale. Full Spectrum Solutions offers a variety of the right kind of light sources to choose from. You can also find affordable choices at Bed, Bath and Beyond and at Target.
You can also treat yourself with natural remedies such as colors, sounds and essential oils. This employs all of the senses and lifts your mood. Find a warm sunbeam coming through a window and bask in it. Take a walk outside in the sunshine, or if it’s gloomy find an indoor track to jog around to get some exercise.
There are oodles of websites out there discussing this predicament today. Here are a couple of links I liked and these should get you started:
The trick is not to let SAD get a good grip on you. Stay ahead of the gloom and start your self – care now before the weather gets too abysmal.
Good luck out there weathering another season. Isn’t it just wonderful that we made it this far around the sun already this year? If you’d like to continue on this journey with me in 2017, consider following my blog using the Follow button in the column to your right. I promise to keep you entertained, or at least amused by my efforts. 🙂