SAD is depressing
Posted January 5, 2009on:
I’m self-diagnosing myself with Seasonal Affect Disorder. Or maybe it’s just holiday let-down. We’re entering that time of year when people tend to den, hiding out in their warm houses waiting for winter to pass and spring to appear.
When we lived in Alaska, I don’t remember this sort of post-holiday blahs. People often ask if it was difficult dealing with the darkness and cold, but there were so many things going on that I never really got the winter blues. The darkness seems worse here, maybe because there isn’t all the snow to reflect the moonlight. And the beauty of the northern lights makes up for all the cold and darkness.
I think that this will pass as I continue to get more settled into life here in Illinois. Life is finally starting to get into more of a routine, which I’ve really lacked in the past couple of years. While I enjoy some variety, the older I get, the more I appreciate the comfort of knowing where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing most days of the week. Routine makes it easier to handle the unexpected. At least for me it does.
I do have my upcoming trip to Kansas to look forward to. And there is knitting on Wednesday night. I also discovered that the River Music Experience does a drum circle on the 4th Saturday of every month. I’ve always wanted to have a chance to participate in a drum circle on a regular basis. It’s one of those things I enjoyed in my former life as a music therapist.
But, overall, I’m doing just fine. I’ve been knitting and have a couple of almost finished projects that I’ll share soon. My Chia Hippo is sprouting and my Aerogarden is growing away. I’ve started reading Travels With Charley and checked out Lolita today. I ordered a handheld Garmin GPS device and a beginner’s book on geocaching, so I’ll be starting some outdoor adventures soon despite the winter weather. I also set up the Playstation to keep occupied when there isn’t anything on tv and I don’t feel like watching movies, reading, or knitting.
Life is good.