The weather here yesterday was gloomy...clouds and cold. I didn't feel like doing to much of anything.
Now today it is just COLD....brrrrrrr. What little sun we had, is now disappearing. I really don't like winter. Seems I have less energy, sleep a little bit more than usual and don't feel like going out.
Could it be I'm experiencing SAD? For those who don't know what that is... it means Seasonal Affective Disorder. People suffer from depression between September to April due to the reduction in sunlight hours in fall and winter. That can zap your energy level and emotional well-being.
Some people experience the following symptoms:
Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
Difficulty in concentrating
Fatigue or a decrease in energy
Avoidance of social situations
Hmmmmm...based on those, I guess I have SAD, but being in the midst of perimenopause, who knows. Feels like the same symptoms to me...
It's been said that if you are experiencing SAD, you could use "light therapy". This provides you with exposure to bright artificial light, but mimics the sun. Spending an hour each day outside can also produce beneficial results.
I have seen these sun mimicking light bulbs at Home Depot. Until now, I never thought of buying them...
Do you feel a change once winter arrives? I know when the warmer months are here, I do feel more alive, have more energy and much more motivated. When it stays lighter later, it just makes me feel good.
Maybe there is something to this SAD .....