Have any of you struggled with SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder? It’s common in the northern hemisphere in late fall and winter, and I have it. From WebMD:
One theory is that less sunlight during fall and winter leads to the brain making less serotonin, a chemical linked to brain pathways that regulate mood. . . . The result can be feelings of depression, along with symptoms of fatigue and weight gain.
Funny/sad/SAD story: I bought a SAD-specific therapy light last winter, a good quality one that had many positive reviews. It gave me headaches and anxiety, so I returned it 😊.
I experience most of the above symptoms of SAD. Even though I’m a mental health professional, and understand what’s happening, I get the sad feelings. My low energy is not a positive thing either; over the years I’ve learned to make small changes, and developed survival techniques. It helps to stay in contact with friends, to get some outdoors time, and to sleep/eat well.
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I didn’t have the energy for a photo shoot this week! And I’ll see how I feel about it next week. Having my own picture taken has always been my least favorite part of blogging, despite the fact that I enjoy visibility. Instead, I cheer myself, and I hope cheer you too today, with a couple of fabulous winter party looks.
Most important, I give myself permission to slow down, feel a little sad, and not “keep up with expectations.” Heh, that could be the motto of my life: “She kept up with expectations.” So I go easy on myself, and let the dark evenings calm me.
Are you feeling beautiful and visible today? Show us (whatever you’re wearing) in the link-up!
Now, let’s see what’s in your closet, Visible Women.The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:
- Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
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- In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!
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Stay fabulous, and wear what you love, xo
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