Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Feeling SAD

The last couple of days I have been SAD.

I think that most people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, some more than others, and in the past I used to feel really sad during the winter. Since we have become triathletes, the severity of it has lessened but it still happens from time to time.

This week is one of those times, with Monday being an especially rough day. Without going into much detail, I was having a rough time at work and it took a little while to shake what I was feeling.

Luckily, I have amazing friends who try to make me feel better even if they aren't nearby! Crystal told me that Joe wanted to make me a video because one of her friends makes her videos that always cheer her up. Just knowing that they were thinking about me was enough to make the end of my day a little bit better!

 I love my friends!

If you are a personal Facebook friend of mine, you might notice that I try to plan a lot of runs, events, and fun activities. I do this so that I can have things to look forward to so that I don't start to feel sad and lonely. I truly love our trail running friends and I was really happy that we were able to spend some time with them last night (and that we get to see some of them again tonight)!

 <3

With lots of fun things to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, runner movie night, long trail runs, friends and family coming to visit for the holidays, holiday parties and a few races, I don't think my sad feelings will last much longer. 

Knowing that I have these people to bring me up when I am feeling down means more to me than they will ever know. 

17 comments:

  1. I'm sorry that you are feeling SAD. I am sure it's a really difficult thing to deal with but I think it's great that you have a good support system around you and fun activities to look forward to and keep you engaged. Good luck!!

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  2. Thinking of you lots! It's funny how photos and activities make life look so grand, but truthfully we're all experiencing real life in the background. I'm happy to contribute to/co-star in more videos in the January-March months as needed :-)))

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  3. I'm glad that you have a lot of fun things to look forward to! SAD is no joke :(

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  4. I really think there is no substitute for getting outside. I cross the work campus to get my coffee (the fact that it's a Starbucks, may have something to do with it), just to guarantee myself those few real outdoor minutes before the sun goes down.

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  5. I get like this all the time in the winter. Running helps a ton though! Just being outside, even if it's dark out, is nice.

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  6. The seasons and the weather both affect my mood. I've been having a blahhh week, and like you, I try to meet up with friends and teammates to restore my spirits. (I also think I miss being home for Thanksgiving.)

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  7. SAD is so frustrating to experience! Have you ever tried a light box? I love mine!
    I wrote a post on tips for SAD sometime last year here: http://fightingforwellness.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/mental-health-monday-tips-for-dealing-with-seasonal-affective-disorder/

    Glad you've felt like getting outside and exercising is helpful for you.

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  8. SAD is definitely tough. Having all your plans and runs and just getting outdoors is a great way to push through the crappy days. Hang in there! :)

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  9. Winter does a number on me, too. Hugs!

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  10. It's a tough, dark season for sure. You are wise to keep connecting with friends and getting out for some active fun.

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  11. I feel you girl. When I was going to school in Idaho, I would come home for Thanksgiving, then I would return, and all the sudden it was pitch black by the time I would get out of class, and my mood would totally tank. I'm glad you have people to cheer you up, and it's good that you recognize what it is, and that it's only temporary!

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  12. Boo for feeling sad! I understand - it's hard dealing with our seemingly perpetual doom and gloom weather! I've been down lately myself. Hope our dinner date in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS will cheer us both up! ;)

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  13. I feel this way sometimes too especially here in Seattle. We have lots of gloomy days:( I hope you feel better. Having good friends makes a big difference:)

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  14. What a terrific approach! Know that you have the tendency, be kind to yourself and approach it with a plan. That's awesome! So important to have things to look forward to. Wish I was in your area so I could join in the fun. Feeling a bit isolated lately though that's mostly my lack of effort to get out and meet people and make friends in my area & with whom I can share physical space. (I have a few scattered across the country, and a few electronically) So what do you watch on runner movie night - is that movies about running or just watched with other runners? :)

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    1. This movie night coming up is with runners while watching running movies :)

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  15. The darkness has affected me more this year than other years. I have started doing all my workouts in the morning, so when I get home from work in the dark, I don't have any workouts left. It has seem to been helping. Your body will adjust and you will get through it!

    Also I signed up for Half at the Hamptons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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