Winter Blues

I’ve been struggling a lot lately. 2022 has not been very kind to me so far but I know I’m not alone. 

One of the many reasons I know I’m not alone right now with how much I’ve been struggling is by a particularly higher volume of people who have been reaching out to me privately for support over the last couple of weeks or so to share their experiences or to just vent; many of whom are complete strangers and many more who are suffering in silence. 

It breaks my heart every time someone tells me that they keep their struggles with Depression mostly to themselves for fear of how others will react to them or out of shame but as I’ve said many, many times I’m just so grateful that by me sharing my journey so openly and honestly and giving others a platform is creating a safe space for someone to turn to who may feel as though all they need in that moment is someone who will listen to them or say, I understand.

Oftentimes when someone reaches out for support, even friends, they worry that they may be bothering me by dumping their own stressors on me or fear that they will trigger me somehow but here’s the thing, I welcome the distraction and although our journeys may be on different paths it feels good to be able to share with others who you know will not judge you or make you feel helpless and ashamed.

I know that one of the many reasons people are struggling more right now has alot to do with the “winter blues” (and of course Covid fears and restrictions are only making it worse). Many individuals find themselves feeling more irritable, sad and even lonely during the winter months. There is a name for it. It’s called S.A.D or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

A person who is already struggling with Depression can be greatly affected by S.A.D and this time of year may also exacerbate someone’s battle with Depression that had been lying dormant for sometime. I wanted to share with you a Blog I wrote several years ago that talks in more detail about some signs to look out for and ways to help ease its affect on you. (keep in mind it was written pre-covid!). 
https://youareenough712.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/im-s-a-d-the-february-blues/

Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me whenever you need to. If I’m not up for chatting at that moment (especially by phone) or not available we can always figure out a time that works better for the both of us. 

Do you suffer from the winter blues?

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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