The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful

I hope you all got a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. In New York, we have waited what feels like a lifetime to see the sunshine and feel the warmth. I have mentioned before how I continue to question why I live here.

Quite a few people I know have Seasonal Affective Disorder and living here makes for a long period of time to suffer. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. These symptoms often resolve during the spring and summer months.

Symptoms include:

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day.

  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed.

  • Experiencing changes in appetite or weight.

  • Having problems with sleep.

  • Feeling sluggish or agitated.

  • Having low energy.

  • Feeling hopeless or worthless.

  • Having difficulty concentrating.

Things that can help Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help — especially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning. Exercise regularly. Exercise and other types of physical activity help relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can increase SAD symptoms.

  • Light Therapy: blue light is superior to other lights in the spectrum for treating depression. Studies show that blue light can be used at a specific wavelength and frequency at less intensity than full spectrum bright light to achieve the same kind of effects.

For those of you suffering from SAD, I hope you were able to get some relief this weekend. And I hope the weather continues to improve so you can feel as good as you can. I am looking forward to starry nights on the deck, pool days with my family, and car rides to the beach with the dogs.

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