Let’s talk Seasonal Affective Disorder— yes, it is a real thing. I always felt so confused this time of year (I remember asking my parents about it when I was a kid and I don’t think they ever really understood that I suffered from it.) See, I’m a deeply motivated & joyful person, yet I feel so detached from myself in the darker months. I feel irritated, distracted, drained. I get trapped in this limbo state where my eyes struggle to focus, and it takes every ounce of strength within me to function. It’s so unlike me, and I hate it. I’ve grown to know when it’s happening, yet sometimes it can be so hard to snap out of it. I am SO proud of myself though, because, like my neck injury, I’ve learned to fight to find joy through it. I have taken little steps, and they help if I let them. (Probably the worst thing you can do in this state is feel sorry for yourself or assume you’re the only one). Everyone struggles with something, so I’d like to pass along a few things I’ve found to help me cope. 💪🏼
1) I ask the Lord to speak life into my body every morning and speak peace over my body every night. I literally speak out loud. I fully believe in the power of God and the power of words.
2) I bring my sun lamp with me around home and set it to the strongest, warmest setting. 🌞 And when the sun is shining, GET OUT THERE!
3) I write. I write songs mostly, but also journal entries, letters, lists. 📝 —
4) I set an extra alarm with an encouraging note (this seasons is “I WAKE UP WITH PURPOSE IN MY LUNGS”), and I take a power nap or a hot shower when needed (at least once a day). 😴 —
5) I never ever leave the house without hot tea, snacks, my favourite tunes, and my blanket scarf. —
6) Colloidal Silver. No energy to get sick. I take it at the first sign, and within hours, the bug is gone. I swear by this stuff! ✨
7) I remind myself to breathe and to not take things too seriously.
How about you? ❤️ What helps you get through the darkness and cold? I’d love to add to the list!