Friday, February 1, 2013
No, I'm not sad, are you sad? More to the point, do you or have you experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder? I was thinking about this earlier today when I looked out the workplace window at 5:00 p.m. and saw that the sun was still shining. About a month ago at 5 p.m., the darkness was firmly entrenched in what was left of our day.
I have in past years experienced the symptoms that are associated with SAD; feeling generally miserable, lacking in energy, being tired, low spirit, depressed, craving for sweets, weight gain. I don't know if those cover all the symptoms but those are what I can relate to in the past. But this winter is different. I can't point to any of these and say that I've felt them or experienced them and I was questioning myself today why this year is different. And the answer I have come up with is my change in the work situation which has given me more time to spend outdoors. I have spent time outdoors on the very coldest days even when the sun wasn't shining and just being outside for part of each day has made a big difference on how I view the day. Some days I didn't really want to go out, but forced myself and was glad for having done so, 'cause my spirit was so much better for it afterward.
Tomorrow is the mid-point of winter. Each day will grow a little longer, maybe just by a little bit but every minute counts, right? In another month, we'll be pushing our clocks ahead by one hour, if that is mandated where you live. It's just another step along the year, maybe not one everyone looks forward to but one that brings about rewards in itself.
So I'm wondering how everyone is feeling and if you have experienced SAD, how have you coped with it or continuing to deal.