It’s a bright day today. I point this out because it’s having a decided effect on my mood, boosting it. It usually does, I’ve recently noticed, which surprises me.
I first noticed this effect when I began to take photos of the morning sunrise. On those days when the sun was bright, my mood was uplifted. On those days when it was overcast and there was no sun, my mood was deflated. It happened time and again.
Even though I no longer take photos in the early morning, I still observe the sunrise. It calms me and, if the weather’s right, uplifts me.
Which leads me to wonder about seasonal mood changes. I’ve previously shared that I was suicidal shortly after my move. There were a variety of reasons for this but paramount amongst them was a deep depression that culminated in those suicidal thoughts. The depression itself had a variety of causes but there might be one cause that I’ve overlooked – the effect of the seasons upon my mood.
Is it mere coincidence that my mood is lowest during the winter? Possibly, but these recent observations leave me wondering if it’s more than coincidence. Is it, in fact, SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder?
These observations give me something to pay attention to so that I can better manage any reoccurrence of that possibly seasonally caused low mood. Being forewarned I can take steps to blunt its effects, like using a SADS lamp.
In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the brightness that comes with today. I’ll put on some music, I’ll open my website and I’ll share my mood with you. I’ll celebrate it, marvel at it, for today the sun is bright and magnificent and life-giving. Today, it gives me life and for that, I rejoice. Rejoice with me. Enjoy your day!
Image by John Dickson