Is it SAD or is it...sad?
As the leaves change, and the weather starts to cool, we feel the need to slow down. Slowing down also allows us time to check in with ourselves.
I recognize that my mood tends to shift in the fall. Despite it being my favorite season, through slowing down I know that self-care has to be top priority when fall starts because I tend to be more down in the fall.
I do not believe I have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I also don’t self-diagnose because although I’m a therapist, I’m still biased when it comes to myself. SAD is a shift in mood that affects your daily life. You may lose interest in things that used to bring you joy. You may sleep or eat more. You may socially withdraw from others. Some people even experience hopelessness or worthlessness. If any of this sounds familiar, I highly recommend talking to your doctor or a therapist to find ways to combat the symptoms of SAD.
Although I do not have SAD, I do experience sadness. Important family members have either passed, or their birthdays are around this time. I also moved from my hometown, so a lot of the activities I would do in the fall with my friends back home are things I can’t do with them anymore. I feel a lot of the changes in my life in the fall, and recognizing that has also helped me figure out how to build a life that fills in some of those missing pieces.
I have friends here who I can do things with. I can create new memories with my fiancé and his family. I can also travel back home occasionally and spend time with my own family.
Whether you’re experiencing SAD, or you’re sad there are options to help get through the season.
What are ways you combat any difficult feelings during the colder seasons? Let me know in the comments.