And with being wintered comes SAD. Yes, I am a great sufferer of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The short days come crashing down on me and my energy is dragged down and down.
SAD is a major depressive disorder.
It is a mood disorder, where people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year, show depressive symptoms at the same time each year, mostly in the winter. Common symptoms include sleeping too much (not my problem), having no energy (definitely) and overeating (yes!).
According to Wikipedia: 'In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV and DSM-5, its status was changed. It is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder but is now a specifier, called "with seasonal pattern", for recurrent major depressive disorder that occurs at a specific time of the year and fully remits otherwise. Although experts were initially skeptical, this condition is now recognized as a common disorder.'
And it affects quite a few people - 20% of Irish people suffer according to a 2007 study, and 10% of people in the Netherlands. Women suffer more then men.
So, if you are feeling depressed, down, hopeless, worthless, have thoughts of suicide, have a loss of interest in activities, are withdrawn from social interaction, are experiencing sleep and appetite problems, have difficulty concentrating and making decisions, are agitated, have a decreased libido, suffering a lack of energy, are oversleeping or have difficulty waking up in the morning, experience nausea, and a tendency to over eat, often with a craving for carbohydrates, you are probably suffering from Season Affective Disorder.
If it is very serious, you must go to see your doctor.
Other techniques that are useful are having a UV lamp, as I have, sitting here writing with bright white light filling my space,
and taking Gorse Flower Remedy whenever one of the symptoms raises its ugly head.
Distilled from the beautiful yellow flowers of the prickly gorse bush, Gorse is an incredible remedy for those suffering SAD.
Taking a few drops on the tongue changes your mood almost immediately. Yesterday I could nearly do anything as I was feeling so worthless and blue. A few drops of Gorse Remedy and the mood lifted almost immediately. It was incredible.
One of the joys of the Bach flower remedies is that you can take it like an emergency aid. Every time you feel that darkness descending, take a few more drops straight out of the bottle and into your mouth. (Make sure the pipette does not touch your mouth and become contaminated). A brilliant pick me up, subtle, gentle and effective and so magical in these cold winter months. Within a couple of hours you will be feeling like your normal busy self.
Gorse and other Bach remedies can be found here. Just order and we will pop one in the post for you - bringing you sunshine in the grey.