Doctor-types gave it a name: S.A.D., “Seasonal Affect Disorder“. Pretty fancy. Spring will not step in until it is time to show up. Power struggles flare up between Winter and Spring. Eighth season, and the snow is here. My hope, is to get through it, stay ahead of it; read some good books, watch some quality DVDs, use the snow shoes, get more spiritual; read the bible more often. Most of my neighbors are people who move back to a warmer place during winter. Human interaction is limited. Isolation is, almost, unlimited. A famous man, or woman, once said ‘Live for the present’. Okay, I guess. The S.A.D.’s is here. “
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For those who do experience the cryptic S.A.D., then you already know what it is, and what you do. So, what do you do with Seasonal Affect Disorder? Some folks drink; some do mind altering substances. Some just give up and sit in their depression, and are irritable, and isolate because … 1) no one wants to be around them; and 2) those with S.A.D. may have no desire to be around anyone else.
So if you have some substantial struggles with Seasonal Affect Disorder, here’s my take:
- Consider going through a winter without alcohol, and / or mind altering substances; or with a defined plan to cut down on your intake. You won’t know if it helps until you try it. It will guide you toward other choices and to think other ways.
- What? The road isn’t plowed? Don’t use it as an excuse to stay home, be bored and depressed and grumpy. So put on your Sorel snow boots, snow shoes, and go for it. Get into town, sit down with some good coffee. Go to the library. Connect with someone. What’s that? You don’t have any friends? Well, that’s a potential problem. We can talk about that later.
- Lean into your pain, your angst, your depression, and stand strong against that Black Dog. Reach down into your soul, your fortitude, your experiences of battles from the past and tell yourself “I’m tougher than hell.” And you are. You might not know it.
- Find a therapist, to at least think outside the box with. Safety Tip – Get recommendation / referral from someone you know / trust. *Sometimes when I recommend therapy, people say “NO! I’ll never do that!” What I am hearing is that they would much rather be miserable, as opposed to discover some relief in their life. Some people don’t know what it would look like to be happy, or to discover peace of mind. Such a change might be too disruptive.
- Another piece to consider in all of this is the realm of prescribed meds. Enough said. If you can get relief from a non-addictive med, then its probably worth checking into. After all, those of us who experience the Seasonal Affect Disorder knows that it has a fairly serious bite.
Winter is coming. What do you do, for Seasonal Affect Disorder?