Saturday, January 22, 2011

January Blahs

I think I've bitched about January each and every year that I've blogged so this shouldn't come as any surprise to any of you. I hate January. Hate. I have been in a total funk. This picture was taken last Sunday. As you can see visibility was very limited. I hate that! Hate!! 

I truly believe I suffer from SAD. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

What are the symptoms of SAD?

 Common symptoms of winter-onset SAD include the following:

  • A change in appetite, especially a craving for sweet or starchy foods (I read this WHILE I was eating two pieces of toast with a lot of jam. I had the toast after I finished a donut. I'm not kidding.)
  • Weight gain (Yep)
  • A drop in energy level (Oh yes)
  • Fatigue (You better believe it)
  • A tendency to oversleep (Would this include two hour naps each afternoon?) 
  • Difficulty concentrating (I've been reading the same quilt pattern for weeks. Finally I took it to someone else at church and said "read this!")
  • Irritability and anxiety (Ask my kids about this)
  • Increased sensitivity to social rejection (N/A)
  • Avoidance of social situations and a loss of interest in the activities you used to enjoy (Notice I haven't been blogging. I don't feel like doing anything. I don't even want to answer the phone right now.)

I think I need help! 

This past week hasn't been bad weather wise but we've been sick. I've felt like total poo. Doesn't it seem like I was just sick? Actually it was before Thanksgiving but I swear it feels like just yesterday. Anyway Paul had something too. We've been walking around sneezing and sniffling all week.

For me it started over a week ago. Thursday I had a pesky cough. Friday I turned down lunch out with friends. Not just any lunch but Sushi. 

I just didn't feel good. Each day a new symptom would pop up. The next day I'd have a sore throat, then the next I would have itchy lungs. I was also sporting a gorgeous cold sore too. It was so wonderful. Not. The minute I started feel a little better I started my period. I know, too much information but it was like a one two punch. I don't have normal periods. They render me practically useless for at least 48 hours. I stayed in bed doing only what I had to do all day Thursday and Friday. Today I feel almost normal. It's sooo nice! And the sun is out. Sort of. 

I can't wait for January to be over. 


linda said...

Hang in there my friend. January is almost over

Jeanette said...

Wow, SAD, who knew, I fit every stinkin' one of those symptoms! I even started a family war on accident because I felt rejected at our family Christmas party.

Good to know there is a name for my crazy LOL

Emily said...

Have you ever considered getting a full-spectrum light? I've been thinking about it since my apartment is so dark (I kind of feel like I suffer from SAD year-round since there is ZERO natural light in my apartment), Anyway, it's supposed to help a lot if you sit under it while watching TV or on your computer, or reading. You should look into it.

Wingnut said...

I hear you on this one! I don't think my version of SAD is as debilitating as some experience, but throw in some hormones and some general, long-term stress, and voila! You have me, a mess in January/February! April cannot come fast enough.