Sunday, June 5, 2011

Difference in Light, Difference in Mood

I have lived in the NW for all but 6 years of my life. The winters here are gray and rainy, and it gets dark quite early. I've never felt that it affected me that much. Until I realized that the three occasions that I've made the decision to temporarily take medication have all been in November or December, usually as a result in a jump in my feelings of depression.

Twice in the last week I've gotten out of bed about an hour before my alarm went off. Not because I was too anxious to sleep, as sometimes happens, but because I was awake and ready to get up. Last winter I felt like I needed 9-10 hours of sleep each night. Now 8 is working well.

Last December, when the boyfriend and I went to Phoenix, I was amazed at how happy I was while there, even as my relationship was falling apart. I may need to become a snowbird for real.

1 comment:

  1. I live in Vancouver and I know how you feel. We've had such a late spring and it has definitely affected my mood - depression AND anxiety. Yesterday was a bright, warm, sunny day - the first one in a long time, and my mood switched so quickly. Unfortunately - in Canada we don't have a lot of options - it's either sunny and absolutely freezing, or warm and rainy.