S A D. I’ve got a good dose of it. Seasonal Affective Disorder. The Grumpies. The Winter Blues. It happens about the first week of January every year. Lethargic. Grumpy. Unmotivated. Unable to sleep. It can be rough!
It’s not fun to feel like the only activity worth doing is to lay on the couch and binge-watch Netflix. That’s not healthy. I have developed so much empathy for people who struggle with really serious mental illness. My little disorder can affect my days off and on, but I really feel for people who suffer daily with debilitating issues.
One thing I’ve learned through it all is that everyone is different. So my solution might not work for anyone but ME. That said, I want to share how I’ve learned to beat those blues, and maybe something will strike a chord with someone else. I haven’t wanted to use prescription drugs to boost my mood. I wanted to overcome this on my own terms.
And so, one day a few years ago, when I was really struggling, I decided to take action. I started planning. I made a list of all my favorite activities and decided to make ACTIVITY my medication. And so, here’s my own personal mental health regimen that has kept me moving and breathing and smiling through some gloomy days: