Seasonal Affected Disorder or SAD as we know it, is it really a thing ? do you suffer from it ?
I had never actually heard of the disorder until a few years ago when discussing with a friend my utter hatred of winter, not just being a misery and saying "oh I don't like the cold" The winter actually makes me feel ill, my mood is different, I don't have much interest in anything, cannot find any joy in leaving the house, especially not out of choice ! the more we spoke the more I realised it really was a "thing" I had never heard the term SAD before and every time she mentioned it I was thinking yes I am sad, depressed? maybe not, but definitely SAD........duhhhh she went on to tell me she suffers with the same thing and that we were not just miserable old bags, it actually is a recognised thing.
Now, I don't know about you, but I was bought up in the generation where no one, and I mean no one ever discussed emotions, let alone depression or a winter syndrome, we were just made to get on with it, my arms would have needed to have fallen off before I was allowed a day off school, ( weak ) people got ill, apparently, and it was this stupid mentality, that had me working on my "career " while one of my babies was in hospital, returning to my "career " role 2 weeks after almost dying from a collapsed Lung and Pneumonia, no 8 weeks recommended rest for me, oh no......look at how tough I am ! not tough, STUPID, I am not by any stretch saying don't work hard, but I have come to the age where I now realise no job is worth risking your health.
I remember my commuter days in the dark both ends of the day feeling as though I wanted to die from misery.......it was SAD, yup sad in the fact that I didn't realise it could be helped my modern gadgets such as a SAD light, which my friend bought and sent to me as a surprise gift, ( thank you, thank you ) alarm clocks which wake you to natural daylight, vitamins that help you feel better, all sorts of things to stop you suffering this Winter misery.
Of course they won't take it way 100% but with enjoying the little things you can about winter ie: candles, fluffy socks, getting snuggly, aromatherapy baths, things like light boxes are a godsend.
If you find yourself miserable in winter with your heart aching for some sunlight, I hope this little post may have helped.
SAD light boxes
Love N Hugz