We’re well and truly in the throes of another Melbourne winter and I’m not my usual daylight savings self. I suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) and other various conditions I invent in my brain to justify excessive consumption of starchy carbs, chocolate and evenings flat out on the couch. Every year, my energy levels dip with the temperature gauge and I collect a throng of excuses not to exercise, become increasingly attached to my bed, eat pasta and cultivate a cute little layer of blubber to keep my jeans fitting nice and snug.
My SAD seems to swoop in almost overnight. Usually towards the end of May something in my life happens to trigger its onset. It might be a busy patch at work, a cold, or some sort of period of transition. This year my SAD clawed its way in after a larger than average espresso martini-fuelled night on the town. My cranky pants hangover lasted a full week before transitioning into a festering seasonal malaise making me crave unhealthy quantities of ice cream and buttery toast.
Usually a morning person, I have been struggling to find the motivation to get out of bed to make it to the shower let alone the gym. A salad on any restaurant menu holds zero appeal and red wine magically appears with all meals. Ta da!
A couple of weeks ago I decided enough was enough and opted to get proactive about pulling myself out of this slump. So I did what any rational, impulsive, financially irresponsible single gal would do and booked a holiday somewhere sunny. The results were instantaneous and I have had a zing in my step ever since.
If you’re like me and find that the winter months are hard work, giving yourself something to look forward to can be just what the doctor ordered. It’s also probably preferable to Prozac with fewer side effects!
A break to recharge the batteries is important for my mental health. I’m choosing to head someone warm but the destination is really irrelevant. You don’t need an exotic or expensive location to treat yourself to some time out. Even a long weekend down the coast with a couple of friends is enough to vary your everyday routine and inject some fun and light relief into your days.
So, where are you going to head?