March 2nd and a Nor'easter!! Who would have thought?? My closet and I were all ready to start switching out the winter wardrobe for spring...but Mother Nature had other ideas. Today's post is going to be a little on the deep side but I felt that I needed to share. Like many of you, I suffer from anxiety and SAD - seasonal affective disorder. (You can laugh...Seasonal disorder sounds funny). Who lets the seasons affect them?? But, it's a real disorder that affects so many people, and it is beyond their control.
I am a sunny person and during the gloomy winter months, I feel like my mood suffers. I don't have as much energy and I would rather be curled up in some warm blankets, than out freezing my butt off.
For the past few years, my family and I have gone away at Christmas to a warmer climate with sun (helloooo tan skin) As soon as I see the sun, I immediately feel my spirits lift. My mood changes, I feel healthier, brighter. However, my life is currently in New York and I don't have the privilege to travel every month. (Sadly). Plus the sun hides out a lot during these winter months. *sigh*
Today was rough as I was stuck in my house with the heavy wet snow dropping out of the sky and the wind whipping through my apartment complex. I felt trapped inside. I know this may sound silly to you, but I love having the freedom to go out and do what I want. Knowing that I couldn't get in my car and go somewhere, made me anxious. I felt like a caged animal. I usually will take a walk to the mailbox or just get outside, however the crazy winds kept me inside.
Like many of you, I have dealt with this "claustrophobic" feeling before, and have developed a thousand coping mechanisms. Top one? Stay busy!! I usually organize my closets, drawers, clean the apartment, read. Anything to pass time. Another coping strategy? Distract myself!! Luckily, Scotty is super supportive and does his best to distract me and keep my mind off the fact that I am "trapped." He could tell I was feeling trapped earlier, and suggested we play a board game. Ticket to Ride is our new favorite game, and we are both extremely competitive. I didn't have time to be anxious because I was to concerned with kicking Scotty's butt! (Side note: I lost).
Staying healthy is my number one priority, especially with spring right around the corner. I understand that when I feel trapped, I have to find ways to distract myself and change my thoughts. I have an amazing support system that help me get through the winter months and are there to enjoy the sunshine with me in the warmer months. I'm beyond grateful for them and everything they do for me.
Many people may not even know they are suffering from SAD, so with this post, I hope that I can help a few people. If you ever have questions on coping mechanisms or just want to chat, leave a comment below.
I would love to hear how you all cope, hear what works for you and what doesn't.
Thanks for sticking with me and enjoy your weekend!!