Feeling Depressed?I have felt so yucky these past few weeks. I truly believe it's because of being cooped up in the house and not getting enough gorgeous sunshine. This 20 degree weather for so many weeks straight is down right awful. I hate bundling up all the kids. I'm tired of washing the floors from the salt and wet snow. And I am really tired of shoveling, de-icing, and ice skating down my driveway.
Since I've been in such a bad mood, aka winter funk, I've decided to make a list of things I can do to help us get ready for Spring, and not feel so sun deprived, and not feel so cooped up in the house! All of you out there with small children know how hard it can be to feel/be trapped in your home because of bad weather. The kids need to run, they need the sun, they need to be free to play.
"Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year." -- online article quote from Mayo Clinical Staff