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,
- avoiding snow and ice,
- being inspired by others,
- seeking light wherever I can find it,
- and listening to music.
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.