IMG_0584Funny, I was researching Seasonal Affective Disorder, and didn’t realize until writing it out that its name sums it up nicely.  SAD.  Yep, this is what I’ve got.  Can anyone else relate?  Not wanting to do much besides sleep, eat, and hide with a good book and a glass of tea.  These winter months dragging on with not a whole lot of sunshine is starting to get to me.  For the past few weeks for that matter.  But it’s starting to really get to me.  I’ve had enough.  Of feeling down.  Of lacking energy.  Of not wanting to do anything.  Yep, I’ve had enough.

What do you do when you’ve had enough?  When you’ve tried everything to help lift your spirits, but nothing seems to help?  I don’t know, and this is where I’m stuck.  Taking one day at a time.  Yoga.  Friends.  Running.  Nature.  Healthy eating.  Sleep.  Not sure what else to do. We’ll see I guess.  I guess we’ll see.

Smile with your heart

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  1. surprises me jt ,nurse and active lifestyle ,shocking revelation

  2. I have been reading your blog for well over a year, and i admire that you have had such a positive impact on me, and on many others! You have to keep the positive attitude going…life is way too short :) Thank you for being such a motivator!! No sad, only happy!
    Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

  3. HI JT, Sorry you are dealing SAD… I went through it all through high school and during my college years. Its much better now that our fall/winter days are almost non-existent here in the South. I found that having lots of lamps/light on earlier in the evening seemed to help. They do sell lamps that seem to help: http://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Plus-Light-Therapy/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361583982&sr=8-1&keywords=SAD+lamp. Hope you will get some sunshine soon! Your posts always cheer me up. Miss seeing you on lulu online! – AN

  4. I have used a light box… And if you need a place in the sun … Come visit tucson!!
    Doors Open!

  5. This is the fifth time I’ve come across seasonal depression in the last two days. For some reason, it cheers me up to know that (a) this is a “thing”, and (b) I’m not alone. I’m considering visiting a tanning bed just to fake my body into thinking it’s getting some sunshine, because I’ve been pretty down since the holidays, and I keep thinking, “If I could only just get outside and feel some natural warmth instead of this boxed air…” Either I’m deficient in vitamins or I have “the grass is greener” syndrome pretty bad! Spring starts next month, though, right? Can’t be soon enough! :)

  6. You could try Mindfulness. It’s a good way to focus on the little joys in life and observe rather than become involve in the brain’s chatter. There is a book Mark Williams and others that I’m enjoying.

  7. I actually think it’s ok to feel down for a while. It might be a natural kind of hibernation. Recharging your batteries, so to speak. It’s impossible to feel “up” all the time. I just actually wrote about it myself: http://findthelesson.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/lesson-32-let-yourself-be-sad/

    Maybe give yourself a break and let yourself hide. Spring will be here soon enough ;)

  8. Jen!! I totally know how your feeling! We have had 2 days of sunshine in Germany this winter. It sucks, the grey grey makes you crazy. If you can’t go on vacation, go for a tan. I know tanning is bad for you but if you just go a couple of times it helps. You just close your eyes and picture your on a beach. A 10 minute escape. Also I have been taking vitamin D this year and it is helping my mood. Try it! Love and miss you hope your having a blast in Squamish. Xo

  9. I can relate too, my drug of choice to get out of the rut is to go for a run even when it`s raining outside. Just to do something. And I await the days of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Perhaps do a small project like cleaning up a corner that you have neglected in the past, the positive experience could give you a little boost of energy!

  10. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing this post! I too, have S.A.D, which is hard because generally, I’m pretty positive & happy person! Living in Seattle, I completely understand how you feel and how quick it comes on after the all the hustle and bustle from the holidays are over. Now you’re left to deal with gray, dark and cold days for months. So, I know now, I need to schedule trips to warm weather between Jan & Mar…the sun helps you come alive again! This year, I also started “The Desire Map” by Danielle Laporte. This is something that has helped shift my focus a lot. Gabrielle Bernstein also has a new book out that I’m working on, too. Trying to stay away from all the Legal Addictive Stimulants (which can help aid in SAD symptoms) and instead drinking plenty of warm tea/lemon water, hot baths and yes, I do go to bed waaaayyy earlier (my poor husband) durning the winter months, is all I can do to help cope and know that it’s only temporary, and Spring (the birds are chirping this week..good sign) does arrive again!
    Remember…go back and do as many things on your “what makes me feel good” list as possible!
    P. S. I have a home in Palm Springs, if your interested, your welcome to go down with a friend to soak up LOTS of Vit D!! Truly, I mean it! ~ Heather

  11. You should try taking healthy eating to the next level! My boyfriend and I just got a Vitamix. One word…. Amazing!

  12. Running and a good steam sesh!

  13. just watched your vision board video with you and tiny devotions. You’re hilarious on camera.

  14. First of all, thank you for your honesty. I love your blog. You truly inspire me.

    I work in a tanning salon and see many people who come in to treat S.A.D. this time of year. Even a few minutes of sunshine several times a week can make a tremendous impact on the body.

    It’s almost Easter. Think of an Easter lilly. Once exposed to beautiful, warm, life-giving sunshine, it emerges into a radiant bloom to be enjoyed! Maybe some sunshine is just what you’ve been needing!

    Happy Easter! and Namaste’!

  15. OMG, I feel the exact same way and I am asking the same questions! I am just praying for Summertime to hurry and get here!! I have even considered moving farther South to the Keys!! xo

  16. Right now it seems like Expression Engine is the best blogging platform available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

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