distancing day 232 thoughts:

We really had a nice Sunday and I could tell you all about it but it’s the first day of dark… all the dark all the time, so I want to talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD because I care about your mental health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is different from the Winter Blues, but I think you should take both seriously- especially in light of the fact that 2020 has sucked a fat, hot one.

Here’s a handy chart so you can tell the difference:

There are lots of suggestions to cope with SAD: exercise, time with friends, time outside, do things you enjoy, stick to a schedule. That’s all fine and dandy and not half bad suggestions. However, when I’ve suffered with SAD, doing those things was almost impossible. Getting the kids up and to school in time and making sure they were picked up and to their extra curricular activities was all I could manage. I’m here to tell you that if you can only do 1 thing: TALK TO SOMEONE. If you can do all the things, please do. They will make you feel better. If you cannot manage anything but counseling or confiding in a loved one, DO THAT PLEASE.

You can always contact me. I am here for you. The dark doesn’t have to steal your light.

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