“Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly Birds fly over the rainbow Why then, oh why can't I?” Judy Garland
What a beautiful sentiment it is to think, to dream, and to be hopeful. To think of all the wonderful things in the world; children, nature, art, etc. To dream about where life can take you. To be hopeful that your moment, time, love, etc. is coming. Yet, sometimes all of those sentiments are stolen by something called the winter blues also known as seasonal depression.
Seasonal depression/winter blues is medically known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and is defined as a mood disorder that happens around the same time every year due to the climate and less sunlight, causing serotonin levels to drop. This affects the mood. Signs of SAD may be fatigue, depression, social withdrawal, and feelings of hopelessness during this particular time of year.
The holidays also can bring about these unhappy feelings due to social pressures from family about where you should be in life, your own social pressures comparing your life to others, grief/loss of a loved one, or grief of time and change. These are often the ones that are less focused on.
I want to highlight ways that we can defeat, overcome, or effectively move forward in the winter blues season.
We will do that by:
Investing in ourselves by talking to someone (therapist, life coach)
Planning ahead to spend meaningful times with others
Doing something kind for ourselves once a day
Planning 3 big things you WILL aim to accomplish next year
Investing in a good vitamin D supplement
Creating a great musical playlist
3 creative activities/crafts
“Coach Coe, I don’t feel like it. I don’t have the energy to do this.” I understand. I want to encourage you to pick one thing off this list to try. Just one, and then decide. Can we try that?
Let’s choose today to take action in defeating the winter blues this season.
“Today, I am choosing to actively take part in defeating this seasonal depression that has been ruining my holidays and winter season. I no longer will allow the winter blues to be in the driver seat, and will aim to gain back control of my life. I am still a force in my own life.”
Happy Monday Sis,