Winter Weather Wimp

The other day I told a friend that I was embarrassed by how drastically my mood is affected by the weather. She said, “Colleen, literally everything on this planet is affected by changes in the weather. Why do humans think we’re immune to it?” 

Huh. I never really thought about it like that.

Homegirl here has been a straight up hermit since this weather turned bitterly cold. I’ll admit, I’m teetering on the edge of  Seasonal Affective Disorder self-diagnosis.

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Don’t judge me. If you owned the DSM you’d have at least 5 different mental disorders yourself. And so would all your family and friends, byyyy the way. 

Anyway, as I was perusing the symptoms for SAD, I was like, Holy shit.

Take a look:

A loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed – Day drinking outside (or you know, even going outside.)

Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates – Um. If I could have mac ‘n cheese for breakfast, pizza for lunch, Panera’s broccoli and cheddar soup in a bread bowl for dinner, and brownies for dessert I’d be SET.

Oversleeping - I want to nap in sweatpants by my space heater more than I’d like to admit.

Hopelessness - IT WILL NEVER BE WARM EVER AGAIN!!!!

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14 Responses to Winter Weather Wimp

  1. Becster says:

    Weather does affect people. Everyone seems cheerier when it’s sunny. I actually like winter but only when we get snow! Kinda used to rain though as my hometown is the wettest place in Wales! My grandmother has been diagnosed with SAD and she has a special heater which produces heat and light. She has it constantly! Oh and nothing wrong with being in sweatpants all day! It’s currently midday and I’m sat on the sofa in my pyjamas! x

  2. Caroline says:

    SAD is definitely a very real thing. I don’t have SAD but I did notice at one point that i had become a total grouch about the winter. I just wrote a post yesterday about how I tried to mentally get myself together and increase my happiness about the winter: http://fightingforwellness.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/is-happiness-possible-in-the-winter/

  3. Today it is in the upper 30′s and it feels warm. That is when you know this winter has been awful and SAD is coming out to play. I cannot WAIT for warm weather. and day drinking outside. ;)

  4. you and i. twins. can’t wait for warm weather.

  5. I know I have SAD, and this year’s been especially bad. We’re on our 7th snow day (from work and school) in Indiana. There’s been snow on the ground pretty much everyday since December. I’m over it!

    • Colleen says:

      Emily, I was honest to God thinking about you when I wrote this. I remember you saying once that you have SAD. I can’t imagine how cold and snowy it is in Indiana! In gross in VA and I’m SO OVER IT.

  6. I love weather changes and in fact, I’m pretty sure I had SAD when I was living in LA and did NOT have the season changes I grew up having every year. This year has been rough with the bitter cold and excessive snow, so I think we’re all in the same boat to some extent…

  7. Sophie @ life's philosophie says:

    I’m 100% sure I have SAD. I miss sunshine and warmth and never want to go outside. I grew up in the tropics and all I can think about is how quickly I can move to a warm sunny place. The rain, fog, darkness, cold, sleet, ____ etc. SUCK. Bring on the summer! I don’t care how hot it is!

  8. That insight from your friend about the weather affecting everything is so true…. I’ve never thought of it that way! I love winter, but the dreariness is starting to get to me. The weather on Sunday was so nice, but it was such a tease. I’m ready for spring, too!

  9. Maureen says:

    It finally got cold in California and I am HATING it!! I don’t do well unless it’s 60+ degrees!

  10. YESYESYES. I HATE winter. Esp this winter. It is never ending and colder than I can ever remember. I just want to be outside in the warmth of the sun with it staying light until 8pm — why would anyone ever wish for cold, snow, dark and dreary days? Life mysteries… Maybe moral of this story is that I need to move south haha ;) Stay warm!

  11. Megan says:

    HA – so myself, and this hot chick sophie above me… both just posted on this. I am happy there are miserable people out there with me. THIS FUNK BLOWS.

  12. Staying in on weekends and doing nothing sounds good to me in any weather!

  13. Casey says:

    Your ecards = my life to a “T.” And i was walking to my car the other day and was like, “Oh, it’s kind of warm!” I got in the car and the temperature said 25. Yeah, 25 is now considered a heat wave in Indy!

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