For the past month I was struggling with a strong case of the winter blues. It happens every year in varying degrees, and for some reason, it still manages to surprise me. I have a hard time finding energy and motivation and I struggle with isolation (which I perpetuate by clearing my social calendar). I suspect it has to do with the abrupt end of the long, festive holiday season, the lack of sunny days, and the increased workload.
This is a problem. It interferes with the day-to-day joy I should feel in life.
To protect myself, I had unknowingly become emotionally detached, with no prejudice for both good or bad experiences. I am simply numb. For example, I recently finished writing my latest novel and despite the glowing feedback from my beta readers and the pride I should feel over my accomplishment, I felt...neutral. And that bothers me. I literally had to sit and ponder over the emotion that I know I should be feeling, but didn't.
Last week, I decided that I'd had enough. The way to combat a case of the blues is multi-faceted and can be complex depending on its severity. A few things include: meditation and mindfulness exercises, increased physical activity, more minutes under the sun, change in diet (more omega-3's), social interactions, and more sleep. This is what I committed to and so far, everything is going just as planned.
Five days into my regimen and I feel like a powerhouse, ready to take on the world.
I encourage anyone else who suffers from the occasional blues to seek resources and speak to a professional to help and find something that works for you! You don't have to be alone in this experience. :)
In Other News:
- I was nominated for the "Very Inspiring Blogger Award" by the equally inspiring blogger, Liz Blocker! Thank you my lovely, smart, and crack-whip wordsmith fellow blogger! I'll have to do a full post renomination to some of my favorite inspirational blogs, but I wanted to give a shout-out to Liz for the awesome surprise!
- Crimson Earth progress: Fans, I wrote the first scene with Ruven and Aeva. Definitely squeee worthy. For those of you who are new to the blog, Crimson Earth is the second book of the Modi Series. Check out the first book here.
Throwback video to when Fitz fit in a shoe...
|Now he's big enough for bow ties...and too cool for the camera.|