S.A.D? (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or might we be fighting nature?

from last year and always a good reminder as we continue into the dark and cold part of the year (in the part of the world I live in, anyway)…

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Healthline, which features my site along with nine others on their best of depression blogs has sent me a couple of emails asking if I might share a post from their site about “Seasonal Depression.”   —  I don’t use the term depression for my experience,  but I do find that there is a big natural shift in winter that encourages going inward and slowing down. I have found for a long time now that moving away from the pathologizing of my experience has been a healthy move for me and many of the folks I advocate for.  It strikes me that our culture is sick and we need to find ways of going back to basics and our true nature.

I often speak to the changing of seasons on this site and how I see the natural contracting that happens in winter as a part of being human. It’s…

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4 thoughts on “S.A.D? (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or might we be fighting nature?

  1. reading gives space to the mind to set itself right, often times, resting the mind is the issue, so much daily drama it’s hard to keep up, if we slow the wheel, we give ourselves time to heal inside, dump the junk, great stories help with it, be blessed

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    • I’m sorry that question is so broad I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Basically there are as many ways to get back to basics and our true nature as there are human beings. I share my experience but we are all different. The challenge is learning how nature speaks to us — the challenge is learning how to listen to our bodies and how they interact with our environments. Where you start is your call. you can peruse what I’ve written see if it serves as a springboard or maybe you need to go elsewhere and get other information or maybe you just need to go Inward and ask yourself. that’s actually the most direct and wonderful way if we’re able and sometimes we’re not. I certainly haven’t always been able to.

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  2. S.A.D, winter blues? Obviously the word disorder is a euphemism suggesting a process that has a life of its own.
    One factor is dark eyes. I have light eyes and live in Spain where there is too much light for me. Many brown eyed Spanish go to England for work and life experience reasons and without exception they dread the Winter there.
    Retreating inside to self-heal, to regroup and to conserve warmth? Great idea. I have done that for the last five years and it has been very beneficial. Additional rest is very helpful too when you have been disabled and wounded by events. Perhaps Winter blues is a sign of needing to do this.

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