Winter blues or S.A.D.? What my blogging stats tell me.

 

 

I’ve provided a soundtrack for this post to put you in the mood!

 

 

 

I’ve been having a look at my stats and as you can see there is a definite pattern. My last post was in October and my blog has just been ticking over for the last few months. this is because although I haven’t felt like writing , I have been reading and liking posts on blogs that I’ve been following.

The reason that I haven’t been writing is that I haven’t felt that I had anything to offer. I try not to do ‘misery blogging’, you know the type I mean, especially if you are an empathetic kind of person, those posts that make you sad or depressed. I haven’t felt that I had anything interesting to post about.

Recently, I started to feel better and had a look at my blog stats and was surprised to see the pattern they showed. Now I am wondering if , like many Brits I have been suffering from winter blues.

Evidence:

I hate being cold. Any thing below 20 degrees and I’m miserable.

I hate wearing loads of clothes. I’m definitely a shorts and sandals girl. My feet hate boots.

I am a morning person and who wants to get up early when it’s cold and dark.? In my part of the U.K. we only have daylight in winter between 08.00 and  15.30. We spend most of our lives in the dark or under artificial light.

I feel less confident in winter and seem to be less creative.

So , tell me. Does climate affect your creativity. Do you respond differently to the changing seasons. How do you combat the winter blues? I am looking forward to hearing your story.

http://youtu.be/MtbeAc1NCjU

 

SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe at this time of the year.
The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They’re most severe during December, January and February.
In most cases the symptoms of SAD begin to improve in the spring before eventually disappearing.
Many Britons become depressed in winter and suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or have low spirits or “the winter blues” during the winter months.
Most scientists believe that the problem is related to the way the body responds to daylight. ….“It’s thought that SAD sufferers are affected by shorter daylight hours in the winter. They produce higher melatonin, causing lethargy and symptoms of depression.”

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder

According to Dictionary.com—

Summer is “a period of fruition, fulfillment, happiness, or beauty.”
Winter is “a period of time characterized by coldness, misery, barrenness, or death.”

That seems to sum it up really. In the article below, the following symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are identified.

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http://psychcentral.com/lib/10-things-you-dont-know-about-seasonal-affective-disorder/0002

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 APA Reference
Blaszczak, J. (2005). 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 29, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/10-things-you-dont-know-about-seasonal-affective-disorder/0002

http://www.dcoe.mil/blog/12-10-25/Frontline_Psych_with_Doc_Bender_The_Reality_of_Depression.aspx


 

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14 thoughts on “Winter blues or S.A.D.? What my blogging stats tell me.

  1. Oh my! You get cold under 20? Oh, but I guess that’s Celsius, not Fahrenheit. Well, whatever it is, I start having trouble here in the center of the land mass when the temperature drops below 70 degrees F. My fingertips get numb; my toes are cold. I begin bundling in turtleneck tops and fleece vests. And that’s in the house. Ah, well. Glad to see you back; yea for spring!

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    1. Hello Janet. 70F is about the same as 20C. Temperatures here are just nudging into double figures, 10-20C or 50 -60 F, so I have managed to shed the outer layer at least indoors. Yea for Spring!

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  2. Weather definitely plays a role in my attitude and behavior. I hate the cold, it makes me moody and depressed and somehow harder to motivate myself to do anything. I always force myself to go for a run or at least leave the house and spend time at the coffee shop which seems to help me. But luckily winter is over and I see warm sunny days in the horizon.

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    1. I agree that getting out is essential. I’ve made myself go back to Zumba, (just love the Latin and African beats) and that has helped. It’s great to go to an evening class and go in and come out in daylight! Yea for Spring!

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  3. The lack of sunlight would have a great impact on your mood. Living in Australia we don’t get the great variances of the northern hemisphere in sunlight hours. Sometimes I think we don’t realise how lucky we are.

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  4. Thanks for the lovely music. 😊. Really like this track. And thanks to for visiting my blog and liking my posts. It’s much appreciated. 😊

    Winter definitely gets to me. Our winter ends in August and we have cold winds. I’m certainly ready for spring by the end of this month. We really only have two cold months here – July and August.

    Once I was doing a colour sketch of a pineapple and I was feeling down. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the dull colours of the drawing. However, when my mood had brightened up I was surprised to realise that I really liked this drawing.

    It was so different from other work that I had done.

    I do hope you get some more sunshine in the near future.
    Cheers,
    Maria

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  5. I definitely feel the winter blues around January. It doesn’t last long, but agree, it is hard to be a morning person that time of year. Right now, I am trying to stay positive…loving the sunshine, but still such a stiff cold breeze. Maybe you don’t have the cold breeze, could be coming off the Atlantic. I’m spending lots of time in the warm poly tunnel 🙂

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