Sue Woolfe

Winter Blues

by on Dec.20, 2017, under Health, Life

I am sad.  Not just sad, but I think I may actually be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, also referred to as SAD. Doctors now know that SAD is a type of depression related to changes in the seasons.  For me, I can feel the symptoms begin in about November and last until the first hint of Spring.  I often say I am solar powered, I always feel better when it’s warm and sunny.

My symptoms usually start mild and then become more severe as the season progresses.

Symptoms of Sad include:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Having low energy
  • Having problems sleeping (in my case, it’s more having problems getting out of bed!)
  • Changes in appetite or weight (oh yeah! I’ve been eating everything that isn’t bolted down)
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated
  • Having trouble concentrating (I can so relate)
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

I am thinking of investing in something I heard about.  It is a light therapy lamp that simulates daylight indoors.  I hear they improve your mood and energy as they trigger the natural release of serotonin.  They are also supposed to improve your sleep and focus by regulating your natural melatonin.   I think it’s worth investing in.  I will take anything that improves my mood and energy in the winter !

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