Saturday, February 6, 2010

How Many of us Have S.A.D. ?

Do you suffer from S.A.D.?

At northern latitudes, many people experience a lower mood, irritability, decreased energy, and changes in appetite, starting around now and lasting until spring. About 10 percent of people in northern states experience full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, carbohydrate-craving, and weight gain or loss. Another 30 percent experience sub-syndromal SAD, a low-grade version of seasonal depression.

This has been a tough winter and usually I fight the Winter Blues by keeping busy, but this year with having surgery and not being able to do the things I usually do it has caught up with me...

Too much snow and too little light makes things tough. I am taking lots of Vitamin D3 for all that added sunshine in a pill. But it sure would be nice to see some sunshine...

Although we had 12 + inches of snow yesterday and this morning, around 5:00pm the sun came out for about 20 minutes putting a beautiful cast of color on the white trees...
The skies opened up to the beautiful color of the sun and made things just about as beautiful as it gets this time of the year!!!

Just to catch you up on what has been going on around here, It has been the marathon Birthday Season in our house!!! My Oldest daughter had her Birthday on Jan. 26, My Birthday was Feb. 1, and the youngest daughter was Feb. 4th... So we have done nothing but eat for the last 10 days. Going out to dinner, making the girls favorite meals at home and eating Cake, Cake, Cake!!! I am scared to get on the scale!!!LOL
My mother-in-law has been very ill and in the hospital for nearly 3 weeks. She has been moved to rehab and doing a little better, just trying to get her strength back from surgery... Please add her to your prayer list!!!
I am thinking of nothing but SPRING it is just a little more than 40 days away, I put up my plant stand and lights and planted some seeds yesterday. It felt so good to get my hands in some soil. I can't wait to see those little sprouts coming up!!! My husband gave me my usual Birthday Gift that I ask for every year... A big thing of Pro Mix potting soil, we laugh about it every year! But he knows that is what I really want and he has fun telling everyone he gave me dirt for my Birthday!!!
Thursday before the snow started Tom surprised me with dinner when I got home from work!!! He is a great husband, when I drove up the driveway I could smell it...THE GRILL WAS ON AND HE WAS GRILLING OUT... It was only 33 degrees and there he was outside cooking dinner... Life is good and HE is Great!!!
Well I hope everyone is OK in the crazy Winter Storm and you all have power and keeping warm. Spring will be here soon and the Sun Will Be Out shinning strong!!!

Have A Good One,


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Lynn. Sorry you are having a rough winter. This old winter gets a lot of people down but i know it is harder on others. I am not a winter person either but have done better this winter than in most. I think it is because of them putting me on an anti depressant for my fibromyalgia nerve pain and it is also helped with the winter blues.

How sweet is that hubby for grilling up your dinner. He is a keeper. LOL! Take care now. hear.

Balisha said...

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Lynn..
Happy birthday to you.
A belated wish for a dear blogging friend. Hope your weekend is happy. The sun is out here and all is well. Isn't it something how just that golden ball in the sky can make us feel good?
Praying for your family...Balisha ((HUGS))

Aszka9 said...

Lynn, the spring very shortly will come and with her sun
My English weak

Dorothy said...

Hi Lynn,
You have a very nice blog! I think most of us have some degree of S.A.D.! The winter has been so dreary, rainy, and gloomy! Once in a while when the sun pops out, I just want to run out in it and sun myself, like an old chicken! Happy belated Birthday! The potting soil gift is a cute thing. I had rather have that than a box of candy!