What To Do When You’re Feeling SAD // Glimpses Link Up — 32 Comments

  1. We always called it cabin fever in Vermont. I find that I struggle with the lack of sunshine no matter what time of year it may happen. Thankfully, God’s Light is always available to us. Opening your bible and making your gratitude lists are ways to ensure it shines brightly. Good for you, Barbie!

    • My gratitude list is really opening my eyes. As I continue to give thanks, or the big and the small, I realize how truly blessed I am. Have a blessed weekend June!

  2. My mom has a similar struggle and I did too though I wasn’t diagnosed officially. My heart goes out to people. You are right, we can list the good as reminders! I love the Word too and how God always draws me back to Him when I get off-key. I appreciate your transparency, Barbie! Prayers for you in this season!

    • I wasn’t officially diagnosed either, but the symptoms are so clear. Living in California, I’m thankful that I only have to deal with it a few months out of the year. Thanks for stopping by Meghan!

  3. I’m sorry you suffer from SAD, Barbie. Thank you for being so transparent. Winter days here in the Midwest have been so cloudy lately that my husband and I rejoice when the sun breaks through. Though I don’t think I have SAD, I do tend to get depressed more easily in the winter. I basically have to hibernate because my lungs resist the cold big-time. So these days I have to keep reminding myself to cling to the LIGHT. I love how you describe it in those three truth statements. So very true. Thank you for this encouraging reminder. I pray God’s light will dispel the darkness that wants to take over in this season. I LOVE that photo! It’s photos of God’s beautiful creation that help to dispel the darkness. Love and hugs!

    • I’ve never been officially diagnosed but can see the symptoms during these winter months. Thank you for your prayers. Blessings!

  4. Yes to these words- “It’s in the light where depression realizes it has no place and has to flee.
    It’s in the light where I can once again see the beauty that God has given to me.
    It’s in the light where I realize my worth and value and begin to pursue my destiny.”

    Winters here in the midwest or one gray day after another. It is very wearing not only physically but mentally and emotionally. My one brother moved out of the midwest about ten years ago and hasn’t looked back. He is affected with SAD. Thank you for sharing so transparently.

    • While I’ve never been officially diagnosed, I can see the trends and know the reason behind the “doom and gloom” attitude during the winter months. I am thankful being in California that I only have to deal with this for a few months. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Our military docs are not big on diagnosing things like that. But they have prescribed Vitamin D for me in the past. I have to self-diagnose, and I would say yes, SAD has been a problem for me for over a decade. I have tried special lights. Helps some, I guess. I’ve left lights on in rooms I’m not staying in constantly but have to walk through as I do housework. I leave Christmas lights strung along the wall in a couple of rooms for months at a time so I can turn them on on especially gray and dreary days.
    This year I have had less problem with it; I think the supplements I’m taking have a lot to do with it. I got some Vitamin D-3 (2,000 IU) with Coconut oil softgels from Swanson Vitamins and started taking them in the fall every day that I got no sunshine. I’ve also started taking Biotin 5,000mcg which I didn’t realize helps with energy production (I was taking it for hair and nails) and magnesium citrate, both from NOW foods (Swanson carries them as well at a reduced price). God bless you with healing and joy!

  6. Barbie, as a fellow SAD sufferer, I fully sympathise and empathise with you. The period from September to April is always challenging for me. It definitely takes a deliberate turning toward the light, an earnest seeking of God’s presence to help allay the darkness seeping into our souls, as well as our days. And I believe He honours the tiniest baby steps in His direction, waits to enfold His weary, dispirited child in His loving embrace and restore joy back to her wintry heart. God sees the desire you have within and will meet with you in any given moment. Sometimes all it takes to feel less alone is a heart lifted heavenwards and a whisper of His Name. God is always with you, my friend, whether you sense Him there or not. Sending loving thoughts and prayers and sympathy hugs to you. xo <3

  7. I sometimes wonder if perhaps my son doesn’t have a bit of SAD. I’m trying to convince him to spend less time in his room, which is his haven on the one hand but lacking in sunlight on the other.

    • I notice my kids are more grumpy when the weather is gloomy. My son just said the other day how he longs for sunshine so he could play basketball outside all day. Makes him happy!

  8. I hear you Barbie! I’m in the Midwest and winter can be long. The dreary days certainly remind me of how much I need and appreciate the light…from the son and the Son.

  9. My husband struggles with SAD, and here in the Northeast, it’s a challenge to FIND daylight enough to be pro-active in beating it. So glad that you’ve shared your struggles here. I’m sure that you will encourage others who are experiencing the problem.

  10. Barbie, I know exactly how you feel. I struggle with seasonal affective disorder too. The low clouds have gotten to me this past week. Just being out in the sunshine for a while helps so much. When we built our house 13 years ago, I insisted on having many windows because I am certain a dark home affects my moods. Also, I keep our Christmas tree up until March (it’s covered in snowflake decor now) because that extra light at night helps tremendously. Praying you find more creative solutions!

  11. Barbie,
    I, too, suffer from episodes of depression. Usually I do pretty well with medicine, but these endless days of rain and gloom are really getting to me. The South is known for its sunshine and I’m more than ready for it to return!! It’s amazing how “light” is a cure for most things. I know I need His light in my life!

    • Praying for you today, that His light will invade those episodes of depression and that you will feel the warmth of His rays on your face. Blessings!

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