Winter can be a tough time to keep our perspective in check. The days are short, the nights are long, the weather is cooler than we’d like. Many people find that their emotions to be rather out of sorts, and if you’re already dealing with personal difficulties, these additional factors can put a real damper on your life.
Following Jesus takes work – learning, studying, praying, combating the enemy and the spiritual forces that are at work in our lives. But sometimes, there are still those lingering feelings that we aren’t doing enough, we aren’t the best Christian that we can be, and while there may be areas where we need to grow, sometimes the problem isn’t spiritual.
Often, we try to work through our spiritual issues, seeking God’s help, as we should. But sometimes we need to listen to our bodies and seek additional help in working through physical issues. Sometimes the problem isn’t spiritual and we need help so that our physical bodies can be working well.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is something that many people struggle with. It’s a physical issue / depression that we often see in winter and is brought on by a decrease in sunlight. You might find yourself feeling down, with a lack of energy, and generally not interested in activities that usually provide enjoyment.
Dealing with SAD can impact most areas in our lives. We feel sad and discouraged, and that often carries over from our feelings into other areas of our lives. If this is something you deal with, or think you might be struggling with, you’ll want to see these 5 tips for dealing with SAD.
Remember that medical questions / treatments should be discussed with your doctor or healthcare provider first.