Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where's The Sunshine?

The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes this morning was darkness. Not total darkness, but close! Looking at my wristwatch, I saw that it definitely was not the middle of the night. In fact, it was almost 10 A.M.

Knowing my husband was in his den right next to our bedroom, I said aloud, “Where’s the sunshine?” He answered, “It's supposed to be here Thursday.” 

“Great! (sarcastically) That’s two days away.” It took all my willpower not to roll over, pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep... but with rain pelting the window right beside me, I doubted if I'd be successful, so I got up - grudgingly.

I know everyone reading this doesn’t have the same weather conditions that I’m describing, but, in my little corner of the universe, it has been sunless for the past three days! I’m depressed. Sad. Disgruntled.
After turning on every light in the house, feeding Liza Jane (the cat) and having my juice and tea, I did some reading. Finding pretty much the same information that I’ve read many times before, I read it again just in case I'd missed something important.
Reduced levels of sunlight can disrupt your sleep cycles by upsetting your body's balance of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns. Levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, are also disrupted.
And the big question: When Will the Depression Subside?
Relief from seasonal depression usually comes in spring, when daylight increases and there are fewer overcast days.

Spring officially started about two months ago, on March 20, 2011. We’ve already “sprung forward” by setting our clocks ahead, thus, we have more daylight hours. So why do dark days like the past three still affect me and others in a negative way?

If anyone has the answer, and knows what to do about it, please enlighten me. If not, I'll just do what I always do: Listen to my favorite music, read my favorite books, and write. 

And if anyone asks, I'm busy! Until Thursday. 



jimbob said...

I know what you mean. I hate dark days too. someimes I sleep until they're over.

Anonymous said...

one at a time is not too bad but when there are several in a row it is depressing I agree peg.

sam said...

oh peg, it's not that bad. take a walk in the rain. you might like it. sam

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice day to sleep in. too bad you didn't just catch up. Tomorrow is always a better day.

patti said...

In my part of the world it's sunny and warm todya. we need rain.

jeanette said...

The video is a nice touch peg. Good post.

sherry hill said...

Well, I'm with you Peggy. This is quite enough of day upon day of gloom and rain! Since I live semi-near you, I am seeing the same weather. And does it affect me as it does you? One hundred percent!