I just sent my friend this text message: 44 out and hailing. I love me some Fall.
Her reply: It's total bullshit.
Tracy and I are polar opposites when it comes to weather tolerance. She loves it hot and sunny---the kind of day that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
I love it cool, preferably between 40 and 60 degrees. I don't mind the sun, but I think endless days of cloudless blue skies gets kind of boring. I want to see nature doing its thing: wind, or big fat snowflakes, maybe a long quiet drizzle, or freezing rain. The perfect day for me is about 55 degrees, with some sun AND dark clouds interspersed, with the wind blowing and leaves flying around. In other words, Autumn.
So, here I am entering my favorite time of the year, and Tracy just finished up with hers and is dreading the dreary months ahead.
I've heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and every Fall when my friends start to get grumpy I think about researching it. So this year I did, and here's what I found (listen up, Trace):
SAD is a subtype of depression, and symptoms include: feeling sluggish, lacking motivation, appetite changes, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. They don't know a lot about it yet, but they suspect it has to do with fluctuating levels of chemicals in our bodies due to less sunshine. Makes sense. Females are more susceptible, as are those with a history or depression.
You should seek treatment (not the chocolate cake kind) if you are feeling so down that you no longer enjoy activities that used to satisfy you, if your eating or sleep habits change dramatically, or if you are having suicidal thoughts.
You can check out more here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/CON-20021047
And Trace---I heard it will be up to almost 70 next week!. Hang in there!
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