Winter is coming

Dear Soulseeker,

Do you feel it? The days are getting shorter, and I dislike these shorter days. I’m a sunshine girl. Too many cloudy, dreary rainy days in a row and I suffer. The time change doesn’t help much either does it?

While I do have my anxiety issues, I do not have depression issues. Although the two can definitely go hand in hand. However, if those winter months don’t have a lot of sunshine, I feel it. A day or two of clouds and/or rain and I’m good. It’s a time to recharge my battery, watch some movies, and have some down time. But if the cloudiness persists for a week or two or gasp! A month!  It begins to wear me down.  I’m tired. I’m grumpy. I am completely unmotivated. My world is gray. What’s the point of getting dressed and going out if it’s cold and dreary? 

Fortunately, Texas winters are not too brutal. We have a lot of sunny days, but if those cloudy days start to add up that’s when I start talking to my husband about maybe a quick trip to Mexico or a beach somewhere. I need sunshine – for my mental health! Now add to this a pandemic which could potentially get worse as the days get shorter and colder, and there is no trip to Mexico or anywhere else for that matter. We are even more confined to our homes and are isolated from friends and family. What are we going to do? 

We know this is coming. So let’s be proactive and have some tools in our toolkit so that when the winter doldrums hit, we are ready. 

  1. Exercise – always one of my top tools to help improve my mood and improve my sleep, plus I love running outside when it’s cold! Exercise also increases those feel good hormones so get your heart rate up!
  2. Light therapy – I have never purchased one of these lamps before, but I am going to this year if I need it.

Check this out: The Best Light Therapy Lamps of 2020

  1. Call a friend or family member and talk with them about how you feel. Knowing you are not alone and that others feel the same way can also help you feel better.
  2. Get up and get dressed in something besides your sweats or leggings. It makes a difference! I promise.
  3. Get together with a friend or two. We probably won’t be able to have large gatherings, but even 1 or 2 good friends can give you that extra lift. Besides it gets you out of the house AND you have to get out of those sweats/leggings.
  4. Professional help- if you find that you cannot deal with it on your own and this seasonal sadness is interfering in your daily life – can’t sleep, losing/gaining weight, thoughts of suicide, loss of interest in most things – seek professional help. There’s no reason to feel hopeless. Help is there. All you have to do is seek it out.

We can do this together!

Want more information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Click the link below

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – Symptoms and causes

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