There is always hope, even
when it seems out of your reach.
As our Minnesota spring finally comes to greet us, hopefully to stay this time I find it fitting to talk about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Many begrudgingly suffer through the winter months with things like heated seats in their cars, hot cocoa, and maybe some cozy evenings under a blanket. However, many also struggle with seasonal affective disorder and for those individuals the light is not returning near fast enough. SAD tends to occur between the months of September and April, which has certainly been the case in Minnesota this year. SAD is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus as a result of the shortening of daylight hours and lack of sunlight. If you have experienced symptoms of SAD you are not alone and there are ways to reduce the impact of SAD on your life.
If you know someone or you yourself struggle with SAD the best things you can do to start feeling better this spring are:
1. Get some sunlight! A walk in the evening with your family, friends, or significant other provides time to connect with another person, get your body moving, and catch some rays. *The real triple threat
3. Talk about it with friends, family, or even a counselor
Whether you are suffering from SAD, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, life transitions, grief, divorce, or another mental health disorder there is hope.
Lighthouse Counseling is here to help you stretch for the hope that feels out of reach because Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26