This time of year can be difficult for those of us with mood disorders. The recent time change made what the clock says is the late afternoon now the dark of night. My dogs know it is the night-time. They are not fooled by our clocks. Seasonal affective disorder now kicks in. Our bodies are affected by fewer hours of sun, overcast skies, and colder temperatures. As the outside temperatures cool, we just want to cocoon and crawl back under the covers. Granted, it is not so cool here in southern California, but even going from the 90’s to the 60’s has a significant effect on mood. Dyane Harwood describes how the time change and Fall season affects her in her latest blog post. Read on.
Good Monday morning, everyone, how are you?
This past week I’ve gotten off to such a slooooow start in the mornings. If it wasn’t for the roaring LifeFlight rescue helicopter I heard at 5:00 a.m. (we live across the street from its landing field) I wouldn’t be up right now.
The time change threw me off, which I expected, but I still hoped it wouldn’t affect me to the extent that it did. Despite using my cheery Sunbox light as soon as I get up, I resemble a cast member from the film “Dawn of the Dead”. I kind of look like this fellow, but with long brown hair.
I suspect another culprit for my sluggification is the change of seasons. I’m simply not a cold-weather gal; I was born and bred in balmy, 70 degree Los Angeles for heaven’s sake. Although I still live in California, it gets…
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