I’m in a slump guys.
Have you ever heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD? I’m personally effected by SAD every year in February and March. SAD is essentially seasonal depression caused by lack of light, warmth, outdoor activities, when the hours are shorter and there is less light outside.
This year, SAD hasn’t really been an issue up until this past week. I’m tired. I’m irritable. I’m anxious. I’m just really over winter, over the muck, over it.
I’ve been sick since mid February. I had a bad bout of bronchitis followed by a nasty sinus infection that I’m currently on antibiotics for now. I’m so sick of being sick.
The kids are COOPED up. Cabin fever is in full swing. They need to get outside but it’s so disgusting and melty out. I snap a little easier than I should and I yell a little more than I’d like.
I have little motivation to get anything done. I just feel like I’m not making any progress on my goals.
BUT, I know this is temporary. I know that every day the days get longer and the sun shines a little brighter. I know that these antibiotics will help me feel better. I know that sunshine is coming and there are better days ahead.
I just felt compelled to share this with you in case you are also in a slump. I want you to know you aren’t alone. I want you to also know that this too shall pass and there are better days ahead.
A recent suicide in the community really has me thinking about de stigmatizing mental health. How can we normalize counseling and therapy? How can we normalize taking anxiety and depression medications? How can we make our mental health a priority?
So I’ll start with this:
I’m Kalissa. I have an anxiety disorder. I take two different medications to help support my mental health. I’ve spent years in therapy. I am recovering from body dysmorphic disorder. I’ve suffered from depression. I’ve seen a psychiatrist. I am not alone.
And neither are you.
Thanks for reading friends.