Farmer's Advice for Surviving Seasonal Affective Disorder



It happens every year for me and a lot of other people, too. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, occurs in the deep winter months and is more due to lack of sunshine than the colder weather. Those who suffer from this disorder during the shorter days of winter usually feel lethargic, depressed, sleep more and tend to eat more.

I have to admit that this has bothered me more this year than in past years. I think it is because we have had way less sun this year than normal. Being on the farm and in the garden, there is always something to do from spring through fall, sometimes so much so that there is little time for catching up on reading, projects and other things that get shoved on the back burner. For this reason, I have always looked forward to a little down time in the winter. I called it a little time for me. However, I have had that, especially this past year when we were all home more than usual. Closets are cleaned, paperwork is in order and correspondence is caught up. So, now what?

I never thought of myself as prone to SAD until this past week when I found myself sleeping more than usual, not interested in any movies or books. Not one to give into the elements and being tired of being tired, I knew I had to make some changes because I have more winter to go.

So, I turned my “attitude to gratitude” as they say and decided to use this time for me and some special things that have been on the back burner for quite a while. As usual when I tackle an obstacle, I have a plan and this was no different. So, even though it is still gray outside, this is how I tackled SAD and found some happy.


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