Day 1837: SAD

What is your first association with SAD?

My first association with SAD these days is that it’s a negative and judgmental way to end a tweet. SAD.

My second association, these days, is Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is

a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.

Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

I’m happy to quote the Mayo Clinic, above, about SAD.  I’m sad to report that many people I know are currently dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder. I may have some SADness, too, because I struggle to keep my mood and motivation steady during this time of year.

The steps I take to keep my mood and motivation steady include

  • sharing my thoughts and feelings,
  • helping others,
  • eating healthy and comforting food,

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  • avoiding snow and ice,

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  • being inspired by others,

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  • seeking light wherever I can find it,

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At least, Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” reminds me that summer is on the way.

Yesterday, in my therapy group, people talked about making gratitude lists to help themselves feel less sad.  My gratitude list includes all those who helped me create this SAD post and — of course! — YOU.

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21 thoughts on “Day 1837: SAD

  1. Sad it is, but the days are getting longer! Btw, I’m not sad to say we get 1 hour and 10 minutes more daylight here in Florida now than in NE PA! 10 hrs 38 minutes! My gratitude lists includes your blog!

  2. My first association with SAD is also Seasonal Affective Disorder, which makes me think about how we homo sapiens first evolved near the equator, but we’ve since spread to every part of the planet. And it also makes me think of the Bradbury story “All Summer In A Day”. Venus is even more inhospitable than Bradbury imagined, but I can still imagine people trying to live there. We are, on the whole, a species that enjoys overcoming challenges.

    • I read that Bradbury story when I was a kid and I still remember it vividly. Thanks for spreading your sunshine to this part of the planet, Chris.

  3. That is a beautiful floor. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to install a patterned floor like that? Some people are very talented.

  4. I’d never (to my knowledge anyway) experienced SAD until I moved to the Pacific Northwest. I don’t know if I’d be officially diagnosed with it but I know I’m not as happy during the dark, winter months as the rest of the year. Battling the blues, our office had full spectrum light bulbs installed in the light fixtures wherever anyone asked for them. It’s amazing the difference they make! Thank YOU Ann, you’re definitely on my list of gratitude!

  5. Your posts always make me smile.

  6. I wouldn’t be sad about that plate of comfort food.
    -Alan

    • Me neither, Alan. Michael made tuna noodle casserole (my old favorite) and a yummy eggplant casserole. Great cures for sadness, as are your comments.

  7. I’ve felt cheerier these past two days because it’s been warmer and the sun was out, Ann.

  8. LIght is scarce around here. I combat SAD by Knitting. A lot! I have a friend who is so deeply affected by SAD that she can’t lift the needles to knit.

  9. The power of the acronym is relentless

  10. Pingback: Day 1838: Holes | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  11. Harley, Harley, I have SAD!

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