Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday is "A Good Shot in the Arm" Day.

A Good Shot in the Arm: a stimulus

Well kids we've reached my least favorite time of the year. The period between January-May where I deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

In short and simple terms, winter is not nice to me. In the past few years, I had figured out to cope with it. However, this last year I really felt the difference of living somewhere that has a hard winter.

It was not easy. 

The following list of symptoms were all checked off in my book.

  • Symptoms usually build up slowly in the late autumn and winter months. Symptoms are usually the same as with depression:
    • Increased appetite with weight gain (weight loss is more common with other forms of depression)
    • Increased sleep and daytime sleepiness (too little sleep is more common with other forms of depression)
    • Less energy and ability to concentrate in the afternoon
    • Loss of interest in work or other activities
    • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
    • Social withdrawal
    • Unhappiness and irritability
I know that depression or any sort of mental illness seems to be taboo to discuss in the blog world and in the world in general for that matter.

But you know what I've found out to be one of the truest things in life. If you don't talk about it, it only makes things worse. (I learned this the hard way when I had a panic attack my sophomore year of college.)

Part of my New Years resolution is to get healthy. I need to lose some weight. But I also need to feel good about myself. Working out, specifically running helps me let go of the stress and anxiety that too often I hold onto for no reason. So I'm going to start running January 2nd. My momma got me some awesome workout clothes and I'm going to put them to good use.

I also am going to tan. I know that this is a sensitive subject because people have been affected by melanoma. I know people too, but I've got to do something to get some extra light in my life.

I'm looking for that good shot in the arm to help avoid being SAD at all possible turns.

So where do y'all come into play blog world? Well I need your thoughts on what you do to beat the SAD and also if you're a runner or a trainer or have any other fun ideas for New Years Resolutions throw them at me.

After all, I'm willing to bet we all need a good shot in the arm to beat off the Post-Christmas Funk and Winter Blues with a rubber mallet.

Happy Wednesday!
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2 comments:

stribble29 said...

I'm right there with you!!!! 2011 was my last fat year! I know you will do awesome!!!

Lil' Woman said...

I'm feeling the same way...seasonal depression is in effect on this front too my friend.

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