As I chow down on my super yummy croissant this morning, that glorious little carby breakfast goodness got me thinking…
( all powerful and saying’ )
( she says with serious mean and threatening look of power…with Scottish accent )
…to just give into this feeling and just avoid the world, live in PJ’s, shovel in various gourmet versions of Poutine and Mac n’ Cheese and binge watch…well…anything but work/school?!?
Well, I am not going to lie to you and say that I am not feeling this way right now…because I most certainly am! If only we lived in the days of nomadic existence where I could hibernate…ok…wait…no I don’t…I like my basic needs being met! Food, shelter, safety…good stuff to have and I am immensely grateful.
So, since I can’t hibernate, I need to find a way to keep my life on track. This natural evolutionary function is so inconvenient in modern society!!!
My advice, get moving and motivated even though you don’t feel like it.
I know, I know…I am having a tantrum too…sigh…
If I don’t get my butt moving and get stuff done, I know that my self-esteem will start to sink to low levels.
Self-Regard is respecting oneself while understanding and accepting one’s strengths and weaknesses. Self-Regard is often associated with feelings of inner strength and self-confidence.
When we know more about ourselves, both our strengths and weaknesses, we can overcome the most difficult things. Knowledge is power!
So many people think that they are “broken” when they start feeling the effects of living in a colder climate…SAD. You are NOT broken, your body is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It’s just inconvenient timing.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is recurrent depression with typical onset in the fall/winter; it is characterized by fatigue, increased appetite and sleeping, and carbohydrate craving (Rosenthal et al., 1984; Young, 1991). Some SAD symptoms occur in most people in northern latitudes during the winter (Dam, Jakobsen, & Mellerup, 1998), suggesting that SAD may be an extreme of normal wintertime behavioural changes (Keller & Nesse, 2006).
It’s not your fault, you are not broken, but we do need to function in our daily lives. So, knowing that the season can make it harder to feel motivated, it is helpful to accept this fact and use strategies to kick your own butt and get moving despite how hard it “feels”.
YOU WILL FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF … if you get moving.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Take a moment today, learn more about the Psychology of Self- Motivation. The more your know about yourself, the more empowered you are. When you feel like you have control over your own life, you feel better about yourself.
Again, thank you so much to those who have emailed me comments!
Seriously! You have been so wonderful and encouraging 🙂
Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD (Counselling Psychology)
Counsellor * eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success
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Young, M. A. (1991). The temporal onset of individual symptoms in winter depression: Differentiating underlying mechanisms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 22, 191–197.