I am not S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Updated: Jan 24, 2018

Every year like clockwork like 4-6% of the population, I️ suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. 

🍂As soon the the leafs stop looking pretty, and the darkness has set in, that is when I️ find days hard to get out of bed. Hard to find the strength or energy to get everyday simple tasks done. Hard to communicate with the ones I️ love. My emotions run high, I️ can turn into an overflowing faucet at the blink of an eye. 

7 years ago, I lived in Australia chasing almost a year and a half of full summer sunshine, and since then, every winter seems like a long never ending punishment. 

I️ am now fully aware of what happens to me during this time, but I️ always have a hard time catching it before it rules my life. So this year, I️ am going to take charge of my life and ensure I️ take the proper steps to stay healthy, happy and clear-headed.

If you suffer from SAD too, or need an extra reminder on learning to take care of yourself during these dark and cold days, try and follow these tips I will be trying to follow on keeping control of your dark days.

☀️wake up, take the time to reflect on your feelings and your current state of mind 

☕️take a moment, half hour, hour, however long you need to enjoy something for yourself. Whether it’s coffee, tea, a smoothie. No distractions - 📱💻

🏃🏻‍stretch and exercise - this is a huge one for me as it usually is the first I forget about and usually the best thing I️ need to feel more healthy, alive and like myself.