Friends, I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Basically when it gets darker in the winter, I am not my usual cheerful self.
I can remember first realizing I was struggling with SAD while on a mission for my church in Russia. I arrived in Moscow mid-January, when the sun rose at 10 AM and set at 4 PM. It was a brutal two months till spring, but once March came around, I was happy again!
Now that I know that it can be a problem, I make a list of things to do around this time of the year so I can beat those winter blues.
My list usually consists of four things:
- Be active: One year, I took beginning snowboarding lessons. It was so fun! This year, Lee and I are going to go skiing and snowshoeing at least once. We also are planning on doing the South Davis Sweethearts 5K in February--I always like having a goal.
- Be with people: I am a social person--I need people! We'll be doing our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater and White Elephant Gift Exchange Party, Iron Chefs, and Creative Girls Nights.
- Get away: Hopefully somewhere warm and sunny or somewhere new. Traveling and discovering new places makes me happy. We're going to the DC area soon and I'm so excited for all that history!
- Do some service: Gratitude always changes my mood. Lee and I are planning on making a gingerbread house for the Festival of Trees auction. We've never made one before, so wish us luck!
Do you ever get the winter blues? What do you do to stay happy?