Seasonal Depression. It is a real thing. You may not be sitting on your couch cryingover a tub of BonBons, but you may be feeling fatigue and withdrawn from the things you normally do. It hits me every year no matter how prepared I think I am. I may have a plan in place to stay active and continue life as normal after daylight savings time, but the first time itâ€™s dark at 5pm, Iâ€™m thrown off course. What is it about it being dark a little earlier that effects our emotions and productivity so much?
Sunshine gives us a boost of vitamin D, which makes us happy, so when we get less of it, it throws off our mojo (thatâ€™s a scientific term right there). There are some people that are robots and are not thrown off of their schedules… power to them because I am not one of them. I am the first person to put my pjs on when I get home at 6pm and itâ€™s dark outside. THE DAY IS DONE! Itâ€™s hard when you get up in the dark and come home in the dark, right?! I have no idea how people who work night shifts switch their days and nights and donâ€™t go into a massive depression, when just dealing with winter makes me a sad hermit.
Now that itâ€™s dark at 5pm, I make sure to keep a to-do list for each night and when I get home, I turn lots of lights on. I actually keep the blinds and curtains closed, so that I canâ€™t see how dark it is. Also, I think itâ€™s great to consciously remind yourself that youâ€™re only bummed out because itâ€™s not summer. Sometimes all we need is a reminder that just because itâ€™s dark at 5pm, doesnâ€™t mean we need to go to bed at 6pm. Think of all the goals you have and tackle them over the next few hours. Thereâ€™s no reason to become a different person or shut down like a bear this season.There are the same amount of hours in the day. Find ways to create your own sunshine.