Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): 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.

Thank you Google. What would I do without you?

Seasonal Depression day and night

When I was in high school, I was in group counseling with a few other girls who had similar “problems” as me. We called it “Girls Group” to make us feel a little better about ourselves. I was 16 when I figured out I had seasonal depression. I would always wonder why I got really sad during the fall/winter. My grades would drop, I would be in a crappy mood and I would constantly be sad.

All my life it was that way. I thought it was normal to feel that way. It is, but not continuously for four months until Spring came. My parents, teachers, and even my one friend would notice a difference in me. I would go from always being energetic and wanting to do things to sleeping all the time and never leaving my house. Any motivation I had to do anything left my mind and it felt like the life was sucked out of me. I became a walking zombie from November until March.

Guess what. It’s December.

 “Hello depression, lovely to see you again,” said nobody. 

Seasonal Depression meme

Now that I’m not in school or anything, it hasn’t been too bad. This is the second year of dealing with it without being in school. I can handle it better because I don’t have to stress myself out so much, but now I can lock myself away for days at a time. Which isn’t much better.

Seasonal Depression cartoon.jpg

I know I like to joke around on here and make fun of myself, but out of all seriousness, this is something I do suffer from. And it gives me a pretty hard time around this time of year. This is something I’m very insecure about and have a hard time opening up about. But having a platform like this I feel like I need to talk about it not just so people know about me, but they know they aren’t alone. There’s others out there and there’s help available. I am one of the people who don’t have it extremely bad, but others can have it quite worse than me.
So I’m asking all of you, if you know somebody who seems depressed or is having anxiety, sit down with them or text them. A simple “Hey”, or “How are you today?”, can go a long way and change the outlook on somebody’s day. You could be the reason somebody doesn’t commit suicide that day. Sometimes you don’t know everything a person is going through. You don’t know what it’s like to walk in their shoes. So BE KIND to everybody you see.  💙

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Tips to Get Motivation

Motivation keeps us looking forward to our goals. At times we can all lose some motivation that we need to accomplish our goals. It’s like there’s something you really want to do, but there’s absolutely no motivation there. So you end up not doing it and eventually digging yourself into a rut. To me, that’s the worst feeling ever. So I’ve come up with some tips to help you regain that motivation and keep it so you can keep reaching and achieving your goals.

  1. Find Inspiration: Whenever I lose motivation to do something (like write a blog), I find that having a cute notebook with an inspirational quote helps. I also have a few pretty cool pictures in my room that I can look at.
  2. Remember your dreams: Remember what you’re goals are! Remember why you started doing what you love in the first place. Constantly think of it and never forget that if you work hard for it, your dreams will come true!
  3. Surround yourself with positivity: If you’re around negative people, you’ll have a negative attitude. So cut those people out of your life! Find true friends who will stand by you and support you in everything you do. If you have somebody constantly telling you that you’ll never make it in life, that’s the kind of attitude you’ll have. No friends are better than fake friends. 
  4. Get up and work for it: Pretty self explanatory right? You can’t work for your dreams while sleeping the day away, or binge watching your favorite tv series while eating a family sized bag of Doritos (Guilty…). You have to get up and get out there! That’s the hardest part is getting out of bed and being determined. After that you’ll be able to accomplish anything.
  5. Eat right: As the saying goes “You are what you eat” and that is completely true. You aren’t going to make it though the day by eating crappy junk food and soda (that would be awesome though!) You have to eat healthy to have a more productive brain. You’ll get so much more done if you eat a big healthy breakfast, than eating a bag of chips and a soda.
  6. Last but not least… EXERCISE!: Exercising not only helps your body, but your brain as well. It gets the blood flowing in your body and stimulates the brain so you’ll feel refreshed and even in a better mood when you’re done exercising. Now, you don’t have to go run a marathon, but just a short 15 minute walk will do.
My little inspirational notebook that I keep all my blog ideas in


A picture I hung over my bed 
A prayer that I have above my desk

Those are a few tips I have for getting your motivation back! What do all of you do to stay motivational? Let me know in the comments! 💙

Another one of my favorite notebooks: You Are Braver Than You Believe and Stronger Than You Seem and Smarter Than You Think – A. A. Milne: Notebook (Composition Book Journal) (8.5 x 11 Large)

Bible Verse Wall Picture: Bible Verse Wall Art “You will keep in perfect peace.” Isaiah 26:3 Christian Poster Framed Picture Wall Decor Print | Spiritual Inspirational Verses and Quotes (13×19 Unframed Poster)

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