Updated: Mar 22, 2020
You may think this sounds really dumb, but I usually forget that I suffer from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder (see link below).
It wasn't until I was driving along on Tuesday and the sun was out and I was feeling really good; I had one of those really big "OMG" moments - Ann; you've been dealing with SAD, again and didn't realize it; AGAIN!!!
You're probably wondering how someone can forget about such a big deal, right?
I forget about it, because it sneaks up on me and I'm not noticing how my mood is changing, or how I'm feeling colder and don't want to go outside as much and find excuses to not to engage; or I'm eating more comfort carbs...
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because SAD is very real and very scary and it can increase the already devastating effects of grieving and add to the burden of symptoms.
All this in turn, can add to the isolation that many already feel...it makes it all even more insurmountable...many people are already lonely or living alone...
For those of us who don't suffer from it, we still need to keep those happy vibrations up in our home; year round.
Our mood can be influenced my so many things and it often doesn't take much to derail a good day.
Some things to consider:
Approx. up to 20% of Americans suffer from SAD
SAD can enhance the already overwhelming effects of grief
Grief and depression can both have very similar symptoms
Many people will not seek help for anything that even looks like a mental health issue - Shame and Blame = 2 biggies that keep us stuck!
You don't have to have SAD to feel "holed" up in Fall and Winter - it's a challenging time for most folks (especially the older ones)
Most people don't know how to raise the good vibrations to keep us in a better mind space
Some things to do right now:
See your Dr to get help if you think you might have SAD or any other challenges you feel you might have around your moods
Light - Find out the best kind of light therapy for you - bring light into your home wherever you can - consider remote control candles - Salt Lamps - Fairy lights are fun and beautiful...
Open the curtains - I see so many homes with their curtains drawn 24/7 - not good for lonely or isolated people
Play continual soothing background music or some kind of soothing sound
Have good air flow - Open the windows where you can - "Air" your place out
Have happy photos around - something that makes you smile and brings fond memories
Put some high vibrational colors in your home - Yellow is excellent - think Daffodils...
Do things that really make you happy - it's often overlooked...
The things we take for granted: Eat, drink, move, rest, sleep - high value and vibration activities
Be kind and gentle to yourself and others
Take very good care of yourself and the ones you love