So here we are on April 12th, 2018. It is cold, raining, snowing, and gloomy. What is up with this, Mother Nature? I suppose I should be happy we are getting lots of rain and snow, as it will help fire season. But man, I am NOT. I have been watching my Facebook friends share pictures and status updates from April 12th from previous years. Kayaking, fishing, hiking all while the sun is shining. WHAT is going on?? Where is spring??
If you’re like me, it’s a harder time of year. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) starts to appear or has already been hanging around for some time. I have talked to at least two handfuls of people in the last month who have said to me, “You know, I’m just not happy right now and I can’t figure out why.” Because Mother Nature is being a semi bully right now. She is forcing winter to stay and hiding the sun behind dark and gloomy clouds. So if you are feeling quite blah, know you are absolutely not alone!
It’s hard to feel any sort of motivation. I’m tired of having to get my kid dressed in seven layers before we leave the house. I’m tired of having to trudge through snow. I’m tired of it being too cold to go for walks. And I’m tired of looking up at the sky and seeing nothing but grey. And I’m also just plain old tired (And not just because my child would rather party at night than sleep)! The lack of sun can really suck the motivation out of people. Who wants to do anything when it has been what feels like the longest winter in history.
SAD is a type of depression that affects people at a certain time of year, which for most people (but not all) is winter. Some common symptoms of SAD are being tired all the time, gaining weight, change in appetite, feeling sad and down on yourself, feeling hopeless and guilty, being irritable, feeling stressed and having lost interest in activities you used to enjoy.
It is said that 1 in 3 people suffer from SAD. This is a lot of people! So again, if you’re feeling this way, you are absolutely not alone!
I’ve talked a bit about SAD before and discussed some things that help, which I’d like to go over again. Light therapy is amazing! This means sitting next to a light therapy box for 15-30 minutes each morning. I got mine on Amazon. If you’re thinking about purchasing one, it’s key to get one that is at least 10,000 LUX.
Of course exercise and eating healthy always help. I absolutely realize it is hard to do those things when you feel like a bag of crap but they definitely help! Some days I have to force myself to do these things. I try to get outside for a half hour walk at least once a day. Even if I have to drag myself out. I am not a doctor, of course, but it may also help to speak to your doctor about taking Vitamin D drops each day.
Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help as well (You can get CBT booklets online, from MHAS, or from a counselor).
Lets keep our fingers crossed that we receive some warmer temperatures and brighter skies soon!