Surviving Seasonal Affective Disorder

Daylight Savings Time is upon us. It is cold, dark, and the holidays are just within reach.

I am learning that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD- what an accurate acronym!) is common for so many people- not just for people who are already susceptible to depression.

However, as someone who is in the midst of both a mental health and chronic illness struggle, it has been a major curve ball. Functioning has already been hard enough with the cold increasing my fibromyalgia pain. Sleep is already complicated enough without daylight savings time throwing off my circadian rhythms. Can we talk about how most of us don’t get home before it’s already dark?

Here are some ways I am  trying to counteract the effects of SAD this season:

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One Year with Fibromyalgia

“So how long have you been dealing with this?”

“With fibro? A year.”

“Have they been able to figure out anything to help?”

“No, not really. I’m still trying to figure that out.”

Fibromyalgia has basically become a word synonymous with every day life. I forget that there are many who have never heard of it. I’m ready to share this story. I want to acknowledge all of the warriors who have persevered for many years with chronic illness. You give me hope to keep on going.

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