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Ya’ll already know how much I love puns. Chat Noir/Adrien is pretty much my spirit animal with all his puns. It’s always helped with dealing with depression and anxiety. And with this colder weather…I need it.
Seasonal depression isn’t a myth. It’s a real thing. Near the end of the year, when the weather gets colder and the skies turn darker for longer, people find that they just feel depressed more often than they would in warmer and sunnier days. People start to feel SAD for longer periods of time and don’t always understand why. But luckily there are things that we can do to kick it in the face!
See? Like super cute and fluffy/cuddly plushies! I have the pink one and it makes my day to snuggle with it everytime I’m on my bed….which is often since I use my laptop though and read my novels…but first…
What Is It?
The Mayo Clinic defines Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as 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.
It’s more common than you might think. BUT, there are still ways to get yourself out of the funk and combat SAD without medication. I’m not a huge fan of medication but I also know that I depend on it more than I want to. It helps my sciatica and keeps me from being in too much pain all the time. If you missed that post, I’ll include the link here for that.
Before the huge medication mishap and now me depending on it, I always felt moody during Fall/Winter since I wasn’t getting enough of my vitamin Sunshine and I always loved writing. Getting lost in my little fantasy world always helped turn my mood and I wish it was a simple now as it was back then. But anywho!
Talk It Out
I can’t stress the importance of this. I know how hard it is to let people in or even to just say anything out loud. Talking is just so exhausting, and opening up to people isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Blogging is easier because I can hide behind a screen. Or you can use text therapy like the one in my Mental Health Survival Kit.
When the hubby and I first started dating, I used to NEVER talk out loud. I would always text him when I was having a rough time. But sometimes I wouldn’t even do that. As an introvert, it’s already hard enough to talk to people out loud. Even people I have known for a long time.
But shopping is forever. Kittens and pets in general always help with lowering stress and anxiety. So for this article today, I’m including some of my favorite kitten items! Don’t forget to add discount code:gloria to get 10% off!
I already love bags and adding these are just the icing on the cake! (Now I want icing…and cake).
In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Less commonly, people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.
Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
Any of these sound familiar? I truly hope not but since it’s something that’s becoming more and more common, I included it.
And of course, my favorite pet(not kitten but still cute) top of all time…
It’s so warm and comfy! And it looks cute too!
What ways do you handle seasonal depression? I would love to hear from you in the comments below. But most of all, know that you’re already…