Hi. I’m SAD.

A melting snowman leaning over to one side and looking very sad. Picture by Jim Holden.

Let me just put it out there: I hate February.

February has always been a bad month for me. Bad things happen in February, and this winter is no different. I’m usually at my most depressed state in the month of February. Thankfully, we only have about 10 more days to go until it’s over. I’m hoping this funk I’m in doesn’t carry over into March. This snow is killing my mood. I need sunshine and a shoulder to lean on. Apparently, it’s not just me. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is actually a medical condition. Thanks to WebMD, here are the symptoms:

If you have SAD, you may:

  • Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious.
  • Lose interest in your usual activities.
  • Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.
  • Gain weight.
  • Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.

Yeah. Hi. That’s me.

I’m not sure what it is this year that’s making me feel so shitty, but it’s really wearing me down. Everything seems to be hitting me all at once and it’s hard to process it all. Do men go through this too or is it just my girly hormones beating the crap out of me? As I was waiting for the bus for over an hour the other night (in 22 degree weather) it really hit me how much I hate this time of year. All I wanted to do was crawl in bed and sob. Somebody needs to slap me out of this.



5 thoughts on “Hi. I’m SAD.

      1. Don’t worry you’re not alone. Here in the UK it’s the same. A few things I find that help:

        a UV SAD lamp. I put it on every day for 30mins in my bedroom before I leave the house

        Vitamin D3. Strong dose. Really find that this gives me loads of energy

        Exercise. I can’t stress this enough. I go boxing 3-4 times a week and without it I don’t know where I’d be.

        Do those three things and you won’t feel amazing but you definitely won’t feel worse. I promise. Hang in there.


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