Well, are you? Are you depressed?
It amazes me how many people answer "yes". I must admit I have been a little down myself lately. Part of it is seasonal. The cold weather is condusive to snuggling in by the fire with hot chocolate, a blanket, and, somedays, pajamas all day! As great as that sounds, it gets old.
My routine was disturbed over the holidays because that's what holidays are...departure from the everyday routine. So, in my case, I stopped going to the gym. No more Zumba classes or Kickboxing or weights for me. Noooooo. I was out shopping, at someone's Cookie Exchange party, at my own party, eating my sister's to-die-for caramel cake. And, oh yeah, why not sleep in? Everyone is off work and it's a "holiday"! Too many holidays if you ask me. I am not a holiday person!
Why are so many people depressed, or like me, just a little down? Some are upset over their jobs or lack of one. Some have financial concerns and family issues. Some are lonely. Some are ill. The most "up" person I know hinted yesterday that she was really feeling "maybe a little depressed". Someone else I talked with today said "I tend to get depressed in the winter. I need to go out in some sunshine." Then, Lord knows, there is my mother. I love her dearly, she's depressed, and I can't fix it. That makes me even more depressed...and on it goes.
So, if any of this describes you, let's do this. Every day, no matter how cold, let's go outside and get some sunshine. If we are out there at least 15 minutes, maybe even take a walk, or eat lunch if it's warm enough, we get our much needed Vitamin D and we get those rays which some say ward off the winter blues.
I don't want to knock winter. I really love the winter time. We just have to be smart about it and get out butts in motion, get around people, go outside, and stay active. If we don't it's just our own fault. Did you hear me, self?
This weekend I have a long awaited girls' road trip to look forward to. Probably just what I need. Laughing, sharing secrets, looking to the future, hugs, and being silly. I think it will work for me! Find something to work for you too! Every day is precious and we don't want to waste a single one being depressed.