Sunday, November 7, 2010

don't get glad, get S.A.D.

It's that time of year again when we set back our clocks. I use to welcome this change, I really did. But now, when you live about 15 minutes away from another time zone.... you kind of get the shaft. If you live on the border of a time zone you'd know what I'm talking about. '

Today dusk set in around 5:15 - which is great! In just a few weeks it will start getting dark around 4:30, if not earlier. So, my winter blues will set in again and I will again have a case of S.A.D. {Seasonal Affective Disorder}. According to the trusty folks over at wikipedia it's  a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter.  I don't think I'd mind it so much if I went to work when it was light outside, but if I stay at school until 4 - then I get home when it's dark. The only time I see the outside light is through my classroom window. I'll try to make the most of it.

Tom is preaching tomorrow, so we did not do much this weekend. I wish I can say I was really productive and got a lot accomplished, but I did not. It was a great restful weekend filled with a long two hour nap on Saturday. I might be ready for the week to come. We also made our first fire last night; it was a bit cold you know.

(I don't know why Agnes looks scared. Maybe she was tired of posing.)

I was able to finish some Christmas presents - but of course I cannot show you those - there are people who might see what they are getting.

1 comment:

  1. The cause of SAD is when a decrease in sunlight causes a dip in our levels of serotonin, the brain's natural 'feel-good' chemical. Eating small doses of carbs (about 25 to 30 grams, or 120 cal's worth) wil help your brain produce serotonin. Consume the carbs without other foods (make sure your snack has not more than 2 or 3 grams of protein, which prevent serotonin production) and on a nearly empty stomach. Doing so will BANISH that SAD feeling within 20 min. Try an English muffin or half a bagel with jam, low-fat popcorn, pretzels, or even a sweetened breakfast per Runner's World. Hope this info will help you, my dearest daughter, from being SAD to GLAD!! :-)


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