Thursday, January 21, 2010


Thursday, January 21, 2010

No, I am not sad. I'm referring to Seasonal Affective Disorder. It happens in the winter when people don't get enough sunlight. Symptoms include sleeping too much, little energy and depression. I'm not sleeping too much( who has time for that) nor am I depressed. What I have is lack of energy. I'm tired as soon as I wake up and it continues throughout the day. My minds feels as foggy as it has been outside for the past few days.

Normally I am not affected by seasonal changes. This year is throwing me for a loop. I have so little energy that it is hard to concentrate on anything that I am trying to do. I have been trying to read up on Celtic myths and Faery lore because that is where I draw most of my inspiration for my poetry. I can't seem to get my mind out of this fog. I need sunlight. Hopefully Mr. Sun will decide to grace me with his presence soon.

Do you suffer from S A D?

SIS BJ aka Aleena Ravenwood


Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi BJ,

Interesting topic and one I blogged about in October over at Loud Whispers.

I believe that I may suffer from this. Each winter it's getting worse. It's harder to get out of bed, harder to be self motivated, easier to just lounge around and ponder all day. I don't believe I'm truly depressed, just more hermit like and a tad (sometimes a lot more than a tad) gloomy.

Apparently they make special desk/table lamps that claim to help with this. I'm sure it emits UV so that we get some of that good stuff that the dreary winter days just don't provide.

I'm sure they've done demographic studies and I'd be very interested to see the statistics.

SIS Barb

SIS Brandy said...

I find myself disliking winter more and more each year. I do believe it gets me down. It seems like its been forever since I've seen the sun!

SIS BJ said...

Hi Barb, I forgot you blogged about it. I've heard you can hang UV lights in your bathroom to get the sun effect.

SIS BJ said...

Hi Brandy, Still no sun today, just freezing rain. Of course the kids don't mind, they cancelled all area schools.

Beth Ciotta said...

I've had the blahs. And for no real good reason. Not sure I can blame it on SAD as we've had sunny days here and there. Sure is cold though. This winter I haven't been able to get the chill out of my bones... even on the sunny days.

AS for SAD... imagine how people feel who live somewhere like Alaska or Finland. I read that the sun disappears for about TWO MONTHS in parts of Alaska and in other parts there's a long stretch where there's only 2 hours of sun per day! Yikes. Actually... I CAN'T imagine.

SIS Beth

SIS BJ said...

Hi Beth, Maybe they get used to it. I don't think I would. I hope your blahs go away soon.

Tori Lennox said...

I rarely get enough sleep and I don't feel particularly depressed either but lack of energy? Oh yeah, baby! And I'm so tired of clouds and rain. We had a bit of sun today but not enough to suit me.

Sis BJ said...

Hi Tori, I wish we could get just a bit of sun. I'd run outside to soak it up.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi BJ,

No, I'm glad you brought this up. I don't have many visitors over at Loud Whispers so they only one here who probably read it was Miss Tori.

Important subject for sure!

SIS Barb

Sisters-in-Sync said...


I am a sunshine girl all the way. Even just one day of overcast skies puts me in a funk. I feel tired all day, and a bit down. I don't know why that is considering that we rarely get days like that. On a rainy day, I could sleep all day if allowed.

Like Beth, I can't seem to get the chill out of my bones this year either. It doesn't get that cold down here and I never wear anything more than a light sweater or jacket even when it dips into the 30's. But this year it has been colder and for a longer period of time than usual (though today it was in the 70's) and I've just been cold.

I'm truly not complaining and really feel for all you Northerners.

SIS Bren

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