It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D. for short. Symptoms include:
1. sleep problems- oversleeping but not refreshed, needing a nap in the afternoon, cannot get out of bed
2. overeating- craving carbs and gaining weight
3. depression, despair, misery, guilt, anxiety- normal tasks become difficult
4. family/social problems- avoiding company, irritability, loss of libido
5. lethargy- too tired to cope, everything in effort
6. physical symptoms- often joint pain and/or stomach problems, lower resistance to infections
The problem comes from lack of bright light in winter. Researchers have proved that bright light makes a difference to the brain chemistry, but why some people suffer and others don't is still unclear.
The treatment is obviously...BRIGHT light! You need at least a 2500lux (lux is the technical measure of brightness) which is roughly 5 times brighter than a well lit office. Also, LED lights, lightboxes and sunlight simulator lamps are useful.
**Ok, now these are severe cases of people and if you feel you have any of the above symptoms, I strongly encourage you to seek professional help.
So how do WE handle this lack of bright light and the winter blues???
I'm so glad you asked.....You have a challenge! LOL This week's challenge is to beat the S.A.D. in your life and make a project with something that makes YOU happy! You can use a picture of your kids, hubby or dog, make a Valentine for a friend, use a beach scene to remind you of summer vacation, or make a celebration card to remind you of the things in life that are important! Anything that makes YOU happy works here!
Here is my HAPPY card...my Happy BIRTHDAY card!:
What makes me happy about this card is the vellum strip and the background...the vellum strip because I NEVER use vellum and I did this for a Papertrey challenge and I Love how it came out...and the background because instead of pulling out a separate BG stamp, I used the cake square instead! Cool, huh?
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Thanks for stopping by and SMILE!