Got Gloom Stress? How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This article is very timely, as I posted earlier today on “Ban Gray Days.” Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, can be insidious and you may suffer from mild to severe depression-like symptoms and not even realize what it wrong.

Shortly after the birth of my oldest daughter in late January 1985, I started feeling out of sorts. I thought it was just a little post-partum depression, but it turned out to be SAD. Once I recognized the symptoms from a magazine article, I went out and got some sunlight.

And I bought a new lipstick. That always helps!

Seriously, please take a look at this information.

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Hands up, anyone who feels slower, more down, or more blah during the winter! Or on gray days? Have you been feeling gloomy when the weather is, well, gloomy?  You have Gloom Stress!  And maybe you are one of the estimated 10 million people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. People with SAD report symptoms typically in the winter, when days are shorter. These symptoms include feeling sluggish, feeling “down”, lacking energy, and craving carbohydrates. People who eat for energy while affected by SAD may, sadly, gain weight. A side effect of feeling sluggish may be the tendency to exercise less, leading to a decrease in metabolic efficiency and therefore a further decrease in mood and vitality.

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4 thoughts on “Got Gloom Stress? How to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  1. I’m pretty sure I actually have reverse SAD (which is a genuine thing that actually exists). I really freaking hate Summer when the sun is intense and it’s all humid and gross. And then if you get the hot wind too? *shudder* I turn into a cranky slug and hide away indoors.

    Give me a brisk, windy day with racing clouds and no glare or humidity any time! I feel like I could jump into the air and skip about with the leaves and get all invigorated and inspired and happy then. 🙂 Plus everyone dresses more stylishly and you can rug up and drink chai tea and make soup without dying from heat exhaustion by the stove…

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  2. LifestyleswithLia

    Thank you for posting about SAD… I often have these feelings during gray winter days… Light therapy helps (from a light machine) but I find exercise to be a good way to re-energize in winter…this is important information for those who suffer!
    And here’s to a new tube of lipstick! Makeup always makes me feel sunnier:)

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