4 hours ago
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER is a real thing and it goes beyond just being a bit sad that summer is over. For me it mainly impacts my mood, creativity and sleep. I feel so energised, free and happy when the sun is out, I wake up naturally before my alarm and I'm ready to tackle anything that day. I hear the birds chirping in my garden and I feel like joining in. I get sun rays on my skin and I feel embraced by the warmth of nature. The abundance, generosity and optimism of spring and summer wash over me and charge me with positivity and ambition. I feel good about my body, about food, about movement and getting a lot done.
So...you get where I'm going with this. Once it's all over - and it's all over very quickly where I live (UK) - I suffer big time. Thick grey clouds don't do it for me. Rain is depressing. Living on an island means gale force winds are a reality more often than occasionally. I stay in, I often don't go out in nature for weeks on end. My energy plummets and I feel like sleeping for days. In fact if I could hibernate in winter, I probably would.
Most people around me don't get why I'm so happy in summer and so sad in autumn - to them the changing weather is just something that happens in the background. This year however I'm hoping to change my outlook on things slightly. I've never been this in tune with the seasons inside and outside of me and thanks to cycle-syncing I'm confident I'll be able to recognise even the tiniest positives about autumn and winter as change is an essential part of the female biology. There are good things to be had during that time and perhaps I could help myself turn my frown upside down this winter?
Have you ever felt a profound and lasting effect of the weather changing for the worse?
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