- the struggle is real.
This time of year is a conundrum for me.
Fall is my FAVORITE season - leaves changing colors, cooler temperatures, comfy hoodies, sweaters & jeans, memories of school, football games, hayrides & bonfires. 🍁🏈🎃🔥 But with it brings my battle with seasonal affective disorder. 😔
The change in seasons creating less sunshine & daylight hours, rainy or cloudy weather all affect our circadian rhythm and reduces our serotonin & melatonin levels - #SAD
If you aren't affected by SAD then consider yourself lucky, but at the same time you probably don't understand
how someone who DOES battle it feels and why they act/react the way they do.
We seriously can't control it and, believe me, we don't WANT to feel sad, tired, emotional, withdrawn, loss of interest or any of the other symptoms.
And please, don't ask us to explain because its too difficult to put into words. It SOUNDS so simple and that we should be able to just "snap out of it" - if only it were that easy. •
Just be aware that it is a VERY REAL thing and that a family member, co-worker, store clerk, receptionist, waiter, teacher, employee might be fighting (every day) to just get out of bed and perform the minimal basics to survive life. •
Maybe YOU are the sufferer but didn't understand what you felt or why. Or maybe you've heard of it but and thought it described you but didn't know what to do about it.
Start with the infographic I shared, talk to your doctor, eat a healthy & balanced diet, get a #therapylight
like mine, TELL the people closest to you (family, co-workers, friends) so they don't unwittingly make matters worse for you. •
Most importantly know that you AREN'T alone! We're here. Battling to get through each day, sharing our story to help others who are suffering and educating the ones who don't understand. #strongertogether
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