Waking up in the morning and looking out the window at the day ahead has proved to be more depressing than necessary lately.
The weather has been downright dreary as of late, save for an hour or two of sunshine late last week. It’s making it hard to even get out of bed in the morning.
Which would explain why I’ve been at least 15 minutes late to work each day this week. Well, that and the fact that I’m not going to bed when I should be going to bed. But that’s my own fault.
It’s about this time of year each year that news reports and “clinical studies” seem to talk at length about Seasonal Affective Disorder, which affects many people during the winter months. According to the National Mental Health Association, symptoms of SAD include:
- regularly occurring symptoms of depression (excessive eating and sleeping, weight gain) during the fall or winter months.
- full remission from depression occur in the spring and summer months.
- symptoms have occurred in the past two years, with no nonseasonal depression episodes.
- seasonal episodes substantially outnumber nonseasonal depression episodes.
- a craving for sugary and/or starchy foods.
Oh yeah, that’s me in a nutshell.
There are various ways one can combat SAD– most of which include light therapy– but I don’t think my SAD is all that strong. Although I have noticed that when I’m home at night, I have just about every light on in my apartment. I don’t do it on purpose, it just ends up that way.
I can’t imagine what people in far northern areas must go through at this time of year. You hear stories about people in Alaska or the far reaches of Canada that suffer from major SAD symptoms. It’s not quite so bad in Chicago, but up there it’s got to be a nightmare (for lack of a better term).
Thankfully, though, it’s January, and the days are getting longer as each day goes by. Which means spring is right around the corner, and then of course, summer. So there’s no use in my getting too sad about being SAD. Everything will be much better soon.
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