Season Affective Disorder, or SAD is a problem for most people in the winter months. But when you work from home for yourself, it can be especially difficult to get through it and get your work done. In today's guest post by Emi Sano you'll learn 8 tips to help you cope and get back to what you love.
You’ve been writing for the whole year. You spent the majority of your mornings or evenings banging on the keyboard or writing in your notebook and you are so close to the end of your story.
Then winter comes and it hits you with that writer’s block. But it’s not just any old writer’s block… it’s writer’s block with depression. The motivation you used to have to write slowly pulls away from you as you open your notebook or turn on your computer, and you just feel terrible. Thoughts about your story turn negative and all you want to do is curl up and binge-watch for days.
How did you get this way?
“Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” - Mayo Clinic
If you’re the early risers or late night writers, you’ll probably find that you’re writing in the dark now. You might have your tiny desk lamp on to help you write, but it’s not the same as the sunlight you get during the spring/summer months. It’s also harder for some to get out of bed if the sun hasn’t even woken up yet.
Your motivation goes away and you feel guilty about it. It slowly snowballs into depression.
So here are 8 ways to help combat SAD:
Of course, know your body, your limitations and what works for you. If you have mobility issues, yoga might be difficult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it! Just make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk of injury to make you feel better. You’ll end up feeling worse!
Pick the right treatments and coping mechanisms that work for you and always consult your doctor before trying or taking any OTC medications.
Take a deep breath! Winter will be over before you know it and you’ll be back to your regular writing self in no time.
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