Well, actually, mostly to confirm the self diagnosis I had already given myself based on my common knowledge...
The truth is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real type of depression. And I certainly do not want to make jokes or assumptions about mental health. And I also have not talked to an actual physician about my symptoms...
So I decided to change the 'a' & 'd' in my title to lowercase.
MY truth is, I DO have a pattern of feeling down when the cold weather hits.
Maybe it's just the "winter blues," but the article I just read says a reoccurring feeling of this is not something to simply brush off...
On the other hand, it's colder. It's darker. Surely the "winter blues" must be an issue for many people, too.
But one thing that also stood out to me, this year especially, was how much I'm in my head (in a bad way) during the winter months.
Feeling anxious, irritated, and sometimes plain ol' hopeless.
Perhaps that's why "post holiday blues" is a thing too. The "happiest time of the year" is over. The family fun ends. You ate a crap ton of food... And now, you are faced with making resolutions (if that's your thang.)
I really do love resolutions and goals, though. But here's the thing with the whole January ones... For some reason I get stuck in my head with those. They are more a thinking not so much a doing goal, for me. And so I've come to the conclusion that it's the Sad (maybe SAD) holding me back. Or maybe just the fact that we are "supposed" to make New Year resolutions because it's a tradition and everyone else is doing it ;)
Since it's spring now, I'mma stop this indecisive babble and tell you that now I am happy!
I am happy because it is spring! And I have 'spring fever.' Which by the way is also a real thing, in which people respond favourably, physically and physiologically, to the change in season (often experienced by people living with SAD.) Hmmmm...
Obviously, I am not complaining!
To sum these thoughts up, I have decided to make the start of spring the time to set my new goals.
It's honestly the best time for me. My birthday is the last day of winter. So MY new year literally is a new beginning. It's the fresh start of Spring and a fresh start for me.
"Born again." Too far? OK, too far.
* Major late night free type in progress here. *
But really though, after writing my last post, after my birthday, about 3 Things I Learned in Year 26, it just became clear to me that this was the time of year for me to set intentions.
Perhaps that's what birthday's turn in to as you get oler?
Anyway, we are loving spring so far!
Easter weekend was a fun one, filled with two big dinners, egg hunts and time with friends. We missed daddy Sunday morning but he was able to FaceTime in on the action from work :)
(Watch our Flipagram photo + video slideshow at the end of this post! :) or click here if you can't see it on this screen.)
The BBQ is out for the season, too, and we had our first backyard bonfire last weekend.
The longer days. The outdoor play. It all just fills me up!
And I've got a brand new beginning with KEEP Collective, that you might have heard about, if you follow my on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Good things are happening, folks.
And I am just delighted that my time to shine has arrived ;)
As always, thanks for reading! XO