Smile inducing photo
Seasonal Affective Disorder is common in my neck of the woods. But who would call it that? Usually, at the beginning of the winter - I am excited for the increased "carb cravings" and becoming more of a "homebody." I didn't think there was anything SAD about it. Now that it is January - well, I'm looking forward to warmer temps. Looking forward to that Spring Break trip to a warmer climate and putting away the wool socks! My brother told me that he has a happy lamp in Alaska... i'm not sure whether he's telling me a story or if its true.
How do you get through?
I get through by PLANNING A PARTY! yeah. Pizza Party is coming up - check out last years Pie Party bash here. Watch out for photos after our party this year. For the 3rd Annual Pizza party - there will not be an emphasis on Pie as I cannot take time off from school/studying to bake 4 pies. However, the pizza will be plentiful - and more of an Italian theme with peroni beer and a great antipasta plate. Maybe some fun italian cookies for dessert... we'll see!
Symptoms of S.A.D. (from health.google.com)
- Afternoon slumps with decreased energy and concetration
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Decreased interest in work or other activities
- Depression that starts in fall or winter
- Increased appetite with weight gain
- Increased sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness
- Lack of energy
- Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
- Social withdrawal
- Increased desire to be alone (is this the source of the Scandinavian quiet nature??)