SAD–Seasonal Affective Disorder is a Real Problem by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

The Indians asked their Chief in the Autumn if the Winter was going to be cold or not.

Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the Winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to prepare.

Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is this winter to be cold?” The man on the phone responded, “This Winter is going to be quite cold indeed.” So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared.

A week later he called the National Weather Service again, “Is it going to be a very cold winter?” “Yes”, the man replied, “it’s going to be a very cold Winter.” So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find.

Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: “Are you absolutely sure that the Winter is going to be very cold?” “Absolutely,” the man replies, “the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

I’ve written about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD several times. I used to write for a lot of different sites, and this was always a hot topic. I found out something new each time I wrote about SAD. I have a medium to a severe case of it. Some days, I can barely function. I often go to bed at 5:03 and stay there until 7:34 the next day. Then I get up, do as much as I can, as fast as I can, before I get too worn down.

This website, 6 ways to fight Seasonal Affective disorder  says to indulge in a Walk, a Talk, more Light, and a Pill

1. Know the signs and symptoms of SAD.

Seasonal affective disorder is cyclical—usually causing depressive periods during fall and winter seasons and non-depressed periods during spring and summer. Other symptoms of SAD include sleeping more than usual, having less energy, losing interest in activities, an inability to focus and think clearly, and increased appetite.

2. Engage in activities that you enjoy.

Take some time off in the winter, instead of using all of your vacation time during the summer. Volunteer or participate in activities that make you happy. Spend time with friends and family members who are caring, supportive, and positive.

Those are 2 of the 7 facts you’ll find on this Health Community Web site.

SAD is not the Winter Blues. Most people don’t like cold weather or shorter days for very long, but with SAD—a person gets very depressed, sometimes to the point of needing hospitalization. I soak in as much light as I can, go to the hot tub while it’s dark out (which lifts my spirits), do something fun as a break, and exercise. I also love to walk outside, and I love to do snow things– like build snowmen, sled, make snow angels, and throw snowballs at Del, my husband. Do the short days affect you? How do you fight SAD or even the Winter Blues, which are different, but still somewhat depressing?

Do you think you may have SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder? Many people are affected by this and sometimes it’s just out of their hands.

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26 thoughts on “SAD–Seasonal Affective Disorder is a Real Problem by Cher’ley

  1. I have a mild case, usually hardest to deal with in January when things slow down. But, I always manage to keep busy, which helps. Thanks for the links. Doris


    1. I recognize the symptoms pretty early in the year, but it still takes a week or so. I think what in the world is wrong with me, then I think Aha. Finding reasons to stay up later and keeping all the lights in the house on, helps me the most. I kind of enjoy the extra sleep. LOL Cher’ley


  2. Thanks for opening up about this Cher’ley. I was in Finland years ago during the Summer Solstice. It was like the happiest place on the planet. (The sun doesn’t full set night.) People later told me that during the winter the vibe is totally different and depressing.


    1. That’s true Travis, the dark or light effects us more than we realize. I think that’s why most of us get so much more accomplished during the summer months. Cher’ley


  3. I’m one of those affected, and it’s one reason I want to go south in the winter, to Arizona or New Mexico. However, I understand even those states are experiencing a rough winter this year, at least “rough” as they know it. I plan to invest in one of those lamps that helps with SAD — I have an uncle who uses one and says it truly helps him. Great informative post, Cher’ley!


  4. I think I can be mildly influenced by SAD. When I visit a city that’s rainy and gray for too long (Portland or Seattle), I feel my spirits instantly lift when I return home to sunny Southern California (as long as it’s sunny). I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately and not as in sick but as in less energy and motivation to do stuff. I think it’s a combination of this dreary weather and post-holiday blues. The hustle and bustle and excitement of the holidays has suddenly stopped and it’s hard to get back into the “real world.” Thanks for an informative post, Cher’ley. I think many of us can relate to it.


  5. I think a lot of my fellow Scots would say they’re sometimes gloomily affected by continuous grey days, often accompanied by rain but there’s a conditioning to it as well. We just don;t expect a lot of sunshine but when it comes it’s very cheering. In late autumn and winter we brace ourselves for an even shorter daytime spell of the the ‘grey’. Going out for a walk really does help, even if it sometimes seems an effort to don the coat and step out the door.


  6. SAD is real and sunlight is the key all right. Special lamps that are built for this disorder can help as they have the same light ray lengths I believe it is as the sun, nature’s cure. Sitting under these lamps even 20 minutes a day can help some. They say it’s best if done in the morning. Glance at the light once in a while. I know someone who is helped by one of these lamps. I would guess we are all able to be affected by darkness to some degree, but sometimes it becomes disabling. Timely subject!


    1. I think that would be the fown side to visiting Scotland., but still I’d love to. I’m 39% Scott-Irish, so it’s kind of my roots. Here’s hoping you get some sunshine. Cher’ley


  7. Yep, it’s been a SAD winter so far for me. Yet I plod on. Did my Christmas series in December. I’m now outlining my next novel, a Civil War tale. So I guess I am persevering. I’ll be glad when the days start getting longer and we have more daylight. For three weeks or so I only walked two or three times. Recently I managed to walk 4 days out of seven — each walk about 40 minutes long.


  8. I am fortunate to not suffer from SAD. Consistent gloomy days do tend to bring me down a bit, but I think those touch everyone’s moods. On Yucky( technical term) days I try to be a bit more active. I start the day be setting a number of goals. Most times I reach those goals, but I admit some days I pop in a movie and curl up on the couch to treat myself to a day off.


  9. I’m lucky that I don’t suffer from SAD though I do hate winter. That’s more snow/driving related though. If I didn’t have to drive anywhere in the winter I would love it. I like the crisp (but not too cold) days. Because of my extreme phobia of driving in snow though I get bouts of anxiety starting in November. I don’t breath a sigh of relief until the end of April.


  10. I sometimes think I may have a touch of SAD, but after reading your post, I believe that, for me, it really is just the winter blues. It doesn’t keep me from doing things and I don’t find myself less productive or more prone to sleeping (if anything, I think I sleep less). I just yearn for warm weather and sunshine sometimes.


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