I had heard in the past about the “winter blues”. People getting depressed during the winter. I never really believed it was true. And I’ve actually been one to wish the colder weather comes quickly because I DO NOT like the summer, with its stifling heat and oppressive humidity. But this year I have found myself not enjoying the winter.
The days have been fine, I like a little gloominess. I find I can think and create when I’m a little melancholy. However, there’s been a thin fog covering my thoughts and all I can chalk it up to is the weather. So I take to the task of doing some research and I find there’s an actual “disorder” for this funk.
It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD. Some of its symptoms are irritability, low energy, changes in appetite, weight gain and trouble getting along with others. All of which I have experienced. I should probably apologize to those around me, since I have probably shown my “not so nice” side to them.
I also found out that one thing to help combat this disorder is exercise. Sounds nice and a lot of fun but I can’t muster the energy to start that workout. Even though I know it will have many benefits for my tired self.
But, today the sun came out and my original smile returned. I feel somewhat energized and hopeful. I can stop moping around, without an apparent reason, and I can start enjoying my surroundings.
It’s kind of crazy to think that the elements have such an effect on us, but it’s also nice to know there’s lots of others out there who know what it’s like. Maybe I should put on some music, instrumental, and write.