Thursday, January 24, 2013
Seasonal Depression ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder
While we haven't gotten any snow so far this week, it's cold, cold, COLD in my neck of the woods! I really try not to complain about the cold or heat during their appropriate seasons, but I have found myself whining a few times, especially when getting out of bed in the mornings!
Truth is, I suffer from depression year round, but find that the winter months (Seasonal Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder) are the worst for me due to the lack of fresh air and sunshine. Between the lack of Vitamin D and cabin fever, I get very down and gloomy.
Sometimes a full cooking day in the kitchen helps, just shaking the depression and getting myself motivated isn't always easy.
Earlier this week, I was in the mood to cook a couple of freezer meals. Two meals didn't result in an all day cooking session, but having a big pot of soup on the stove (helping make the kitchen feel warm and cozy) helped a little.
Today, I found an article listing 10 foods that are high in Vitamin D (well, really 9 foods and sunshine are listed) and I'll admit that there isn't anything on the list that I eat on a regular basis or can even incorporate into our food budget at the moment. I also found a few articles via Pinterest that I'm going to attempt to use as a guideline to help me out a bit. A lot of them mention exercise and healthy diets as being natural solutions to beating SAD, both of which are challenging for this junk food loving couch potato.
For now, I'm going to try to remember to take my Vitamin D supplement each day and commit to using the Wii Fit at least once a day. We'll see if that helps me at all.
Now to go dig that Wii Fit out of the pile of junk I tossed into the guest room over the holidays. We won't talk about that now, that's for another post...someday.