Today, I want to talk about something important which has affected me in the past and let you know how I dealt with it. Have you heard of SAD? Well, it stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and many of us suffer from it.
SAD (fitting name, isn’t it?) is a type of depression that’s related to the change of seasons. SAD typically begins and ends at about the same time every year. Most people will begin to feel symptoms in the fall and it continues into the winter months. This disorder saps your energy, making you feel lethargic, irritable and moody among other things. What you may think of as “winter blues” could actually be Seasonal Affective Disorder and should be taken seriously because it can be treated.
SAD may be treated with light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and/or medications.
I’ve done all three.
Coming from a tropical country, it wasn’t easy dealing with the change of seasons and winter was always the most difficult for me. Year after year, I would get into this funk as soon as the time would change and it would become colder and darker early. I was so afraid of the nighttime because that’s when the sadness would come on and not to mention insomnia. I battled with insomnia for two years! So, I went to therapy and the first thing my therapist suggested was to walk towards the sun. So, I would get out of bed early and walk in the direction of the rising sun. At nights, I would sit in front of a lightbox like this one for about 30 minutes and all of this helped. Eventually, the sadness would go away, and after a few years, I was able to embrace fall and winter.
This is why I am a true sun lover. I’m my happiest when the sun is out. You will never catch me in a room with closed curtains. Well, unless it’s someone else’s house, then that would just be weird if I just got up and opened up their curtains. But, when I get up in the mornings, the first thing I do is draw the curtains. It drives me crazy when my husband sits in a room with closed curtains.
Light is good. Repeat after me, light is good.
Have you heard of SAD? How have you dealt with it?
I’ve always wanted to try a tulle skirt but I didn’t want to risk looking like a little girl. I was happy when I found this skirt on The Rose Wholesale website. I figured why not, it wouldn’t hurt to try something different. When I received the skirt and tried it on, it was a little tight in the waist but nothing I couldn’t work with. It has elastic in the back so I was able to stretch it and not feel like I was being split in half. The skirt has a nice flow to it and it has a pretty grey tone.
The top, also from Rose Wholesale is currently one of my favorites. The quality of the material is pretty sweet and I can tell that it will last for a long time. The collar, which unfortunately, you can’t see in the photos has the prettiest pearl details and the sleeves also have frill on the hem. It’s just an overall beautiful top and I’ve already worn it twice and get this, it’s only $16.08! What??? Oh yeah, and the skirt is currently on clearance for $8.22! The top is true to size but the skirt is one size (fits XS-M) which would work for someone who has a 24-26 waist. My waist is 27 so you see where I’m going with this.
Since I didn’t want to look like a little ballet princess, I dressed down the look with my Converse sneakers and it was the most comfortable look ever! Comfortable and chic.
What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below.
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*This post was sponsored by Rose Wholesale and Sammy Dress. As always, all opinions are my own.