The days have been dark and dreary here. It’s been cold, raining non stop and the sun hasn’t risen where I can feel the warmth of it’s rays on my skin. Living in California, I feel somewhat guilty complaining because I know so many who are struggling through a harsh and devastating winter season. But the reason I dislike Winter so much isn’t so much about the weather, but rather how Winter makes me feel.
The days are long and sleep eludes me. I’m on edge and can’t seem to clear my head. I fear I may cry at any given moment, for no apparent reason, and I’d much rather stay in bed all day. Lately, I’ve been struggling with what is commonly known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
I didn’t use to pay any attention to the seasons and how their changes affect my mood. But I’m learning to identify some of my seasons of depression and mood swings due to the height of the Winter season. I don’t like feeling this way. I tell myself every day that “this is the day that the Lord has made” and that I should rejoice and be glad in it. I have to constantly remind myself that He is good and that this too shall pass.
So, what does one do when they are stricken with SAD?
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy
While I have been able to remain medication free for a number of years, and while my friends and family are as much psychotherapy that I feel safe allowing into my life, what is most lacking on these dark days is the light. It’s not because the light isn’t there and I don’t know how to access it, but because it seems to take all of my strength and energy to lift my hands and turn on the light. If I am to overcome the darkness in my life, I must allow the light in.If I am to overcome the darkness in my life, I must allow the light in. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
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.
Tomorrow I will wake up and turn the light on. I will grab my Bible and my reading plan and meet with God, no matter how hard it is to get out of bed. His light is essential to allowing me to see the beauty He’s given to me in the midst of a dark season.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
281. Taking 5 bags of unnecessary stuff to the donation station.
282. A “just because” note from someone I love.
283. His word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.
284. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
285. More eBay sales to help financially this month.
286. The heater that keeps our house warm on cold days/nights.
287. Starbucks Toasted Butterscotch Latte – Yummy!
288. A BOGO burger date with my teen girl.
289. New online homeschool friends to encourage me in this season.
290. Free homeschool resources in exchange for reviews. Thank you Jesus!
Do you suffer from SAD? What do you do to let the light in when darkness is looming?
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