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My Winter Tool Kit for Attacking My SAD

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I am gradually assembling my winter tool kit. I’ve finally admitted to myself that this Seasonal Affective Disorder is a problem. I feel a little weird about this, to be honest. On the one hand, I am fiercely protective of this diagnosis for all people. We have a legitimate, physical illness. Our brain chemistry is […]

Brain Fights

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Some days, I get really tired of my own brain. Like today: I got a great sleep last night, so I should be well rested and alert. But I’m not. I’m tired and dragging and my concentration sucks. And the irony? It’s probably because I have two deadlines coming up, and the slightly elevated stress […]

Winter/Summer SAD

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So yesterday, after a horrible week of feeling unable to settle down, I sat under my therapy light for the first session of the season. It was also a sunny day, after a few rainy days. A crisp, cool, perfect autumn day, but I didn’t venture outside until the afternoon, so I’m not sure how […]

Take Back the Winter: SAD, Labels, and Light Therapy

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Do you know what kind of person you are? I do. I have a pretty little list of labels now, and I have to admit, I kind of like them. Weird, right? I mean, we usually resist labels because Ugh. They make us feel icky, like we’ve been pigeonholed and we’re stuck as stereotypes and […]

Christmas Peace

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Dear reader, it’s Christmas tomorrow, and I’m rebelling. It has been a glorious rebellion. This will be my new December tradition, I think. I have said no to pretty much everything this year. And yes to the very basic necessities: knitting, thinking, drinking coffee, and hanging out with my kids. I said no to every […]

How to Enjoy Winter

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  Did you know?  Most Canadians spend the entire winter complaining about the snow, or resenting those few who actually enjoy it. I’ve been a bit of both, myself.  Snow is, after all, terribly inconvenient.  It’s a make-work project.  Imagine shoveling the same square feet of space every day for three months, gaining nothing except […]

A Prayer for Grieving

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Strength. Hope. Faith. Endurance. The power to walk through the grief and embrace it. To go, trembling, into the pain, and emerge slowly on the other side. To smile, even laugh, amongst tears and heaviness. To embrace the light and goodness of a moment in the day of sorrow. To be sad, to cry, to […]