I’ve got the “January-Tuesday-late-night-early-morning” blues. It seems like forever since I saw the color green. Blue skies just mean it’s brutally cold outside. The weekend is worlds away. I didn’t get enough sleep. Again.
My family is crabby in waves, and so am I. Nothing seems to be going right, everything seems just a smidge off-center. The cat isn’t well, the girls are coming down with scratchy throats, I don’t feel like taking care of anybody, including myself. Coffee isn’t helping, and I’m too unmotivated to fix food. I’m listening to a playlist named “Sad”.
Perhaps that ought to be all in capitals – SAD. It’s the right time of year for that, and it seems that every winter there is a period when everything just gets to be too much. I keep feeling that I should be able to shake it off, and just get over it. Feeling better, that’s just a matter of will, isn’t it? Or is it?
WebMD says anyone can get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but it is more common in:
- People who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight in different seasons.
- People between the ages of 15 and 55.
That profiles four out of the five of us fairly precisely – and may explain why my youngest still seems a little chipper when she’s not being dragged down by the rest of us.
If you have SAD, you may:
- Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious.
- Lose interest in your usual activities.
- Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.
- Gain weight.
- Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.
Well, that just about describes me exactly.
They say the treatment is exercise and light therapy. I choose swimming in the ocean under the Jamaican sun for ten days or so. Think I can get my insurance company to pay for that?