How SAD! Seasonal Affective Disorder and Self Care
When the days get shorter, I am reminded that the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) aren’t far behind for me. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real and challenging condition. You can read up on it here (link).
SAD effects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and possibly many more in a milder form (link).
Some years it catches me off guard. When the daylight is limited or on the days when I go to the office in darkness and head home in darkness. But there are also ways to get a head of it and stay on top of it.
For me SAD is a reminder that making self care a priority isn’t selfish. Self care looks like taking time to begin my day with my light box (link). It’s eating well and making sure I’m getting needed vitamins. It’s exercising. Connecting with friends. It’s saying, “No” and knowing that world will continue.
Around the holidays there is a lot of pressure to be happy and joyful, but the truth is not all of us feel that way for reasons beyond our control. If this time of year is challenging for you and you don’t understand why, make arrangements to talk to your doctor. It’s a busy time of year and it can be too easy explain SAD away.
So take care of yourself and be kind to those you see struggling this time of year.