Tomorrow night, daylight will begin fighting back against the dark. I welcome the first day of winter, when the tilt of the Earth's axis tips those of us in the Northern Hemisphere gradually toward more sunshine.
I have SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder. I can get pretty bleak this time of year. I joke with my husband that my brain believes the world is ending, and the sun is never returning. The cure is undoubtedly a trip to Tahiti.
A more accessible cure is to read books set during warmer seasons, or in exotic places. While you might not be able to afford travel, you can make a trip to your local library (or their website) and check out fun, uplifting reads.
Other healthy ways to battle SAD is to boost your Vitamin D by taking a walk outdoors. Exercise is better than turning to food or alcohol (or other substances - I'm talking to you, Colorado). Coupling holiday season with depression can make for difficult choices. The struggle is real.
I'm doing my best to stay away from carbs and sweets. Getting on the treadmill or going for walks and runs outdoors. And in January, I'll be participating in the British challenge, Try Dry. I did this for the first time this year. The app makes you mindful of your alcohol consumption. Dry January sets the tone for the rest of the year. If you can handle no alcohol during the heart of winter, you can slay any dragon.
I'm pretty sure the sun will return in its full glory. I hope to see you on the other side - of the winter solstice.
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