I’m fitting this post into the Creative Encouragement series, but ostensibly, it’s really just regular encouragement. And I’m writing it as much for myself as for you.
I’ve always known that my love of bright colors wasn’t just chalked up to style or taste. I feel dramatically different when I’m in colorful, light-filled environments. And I think I’ve always gotten the winter blues a bit. At least ever since I moved to Michigan when I was 15. The gorgeous Great Lakes I love so much also put us up there in the region of cloudiest areas, along with places like Portland and Buffalo. This site says we only get 65 full sunny days a year. Bah!
This year, as soon as the weather turned from the amazingly sunny late days of summer to clouds I could feel it immediately. And until yesterday’s, 2 weeks of almost-constant clouds and rain have taken their toll. I’m feeling the blues badly this year. It is not cool. At all. I struggle with feeling sad, tired, lethargic, and out of motivation.
The first couple weeks I felt it mildy in September, I let it go. But after a couple weeks of feeling it strongly, I decided to tackle it head on. Feeling low, reading more books, and carb-loading are sorta accepted practices for January and February and are often seen as cozying in, and hibernating. Even in a bad winter, it’s only a few weeks, and then things start perking up for Spring. But when I realized this was starting in October and how hard it was hitting me, I decided I’d better pay attention.
As a mama I don’t have the time, and as a person I don’t have the desire to lose months and months of my life to this.
What I’m doing so far:
1. Last Thursday I joined the Y. Which I’d meant to do in September. And I’m going to go every day that I can for at least an hour. I’m going to take classes, see people, learn new things, and get out of the house. I don’t really care what class or exercise it is as long as I am learning something new and breathing harder.
2. I’m also going to try harder at cutting more sugar out of my diet. This is hard for me, and I’ve talked about it before, but as a hypoglycemic, I have to. I know blood sugar affects hormones. And I don’t want my body to be having to work hard against the one-two punch of too much sugar and not enough sun.
3. I tend to not talk to people about what I’m going through publicly until I’ve been through most of it, but this time I’ve put this photo out on Instagram and Facebook and now I’m telling you. I just have too many good and necessary things I want to do to be downed by this.
4. I’m also taking Vitamin D just in case that helps, and a daily vitamin.
5. And I’m continuing to work hard at decluttering, especially my closets, garage, and basement. You know, the places where you stuff things. Ever since I started doing more work at home in earnest, the clutter that didn’t used to bother me does. I will never have a minimalist house, but I can certainly simplify it down to the stuff that matters most to us.
I know this isn’t a normal post for Things Bright and talking about seasonal depression on here feels like a mismatch, but as they say, I could “use a little help from my friends.”
And it really isn’t a mismatch because I’m a firm believer that everything is connected and one of the main purposes of Things Bright is to not only bring literal brightness into your day, but also mental/emotional/spiritual brightness and encouragement as well.
So consider this post more of behind-the-scenes look.
Thank you for listening, my friends! When I was pouring out a thousand frustrations to Joe today, he was encouraging me by pointing to my accomplishments. “You’re a great mom” being the sweetest. He brought up the blog and asked how many posts I’d done. I said seven or eight hundred (752 to be exact), which I don’t really think is that big of a deal. He said is was an amazing accomplishment that not a lot of people have.
While I think he might have on rose-colored glasses concerning me, it reminded me of how wonderful it is to have you. I still absolutely love sharing what inspires me with you! So thank you for being here!
Having more post ideas than I can shake a stick at, and wanting to have the energy to get them out there for you, is one of the reasons I want to bust through this gloom!
Again, thank you for listening.
p.s. Perhaps it’s obvious, but ideas, tips, or anything helpful is welcome!