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Rainy Days Always Get Me Down!

Even though the sun is back, and for so many of us our days go on as usual. Many people are suffering with what’s known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder. I can only imagine the heavy hearts residents of South Carolina are feeling right now. My heart and prayers go out to all the families who are still cleaning up and dealing with the aftermath of this 1000 year rain event in South Carolina.

I am so very happy to see the sun again because I get really depressed after just a few days of clouds and rain. You can only imagine how 2 weeks of rain have been around here for all of us along the coast and in the Carolina’s. Does anyone else have seasonal depression or get the rainy day blues?

There’s a name for it called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Below are the signs of Fall & Winter SAD:

  • Irritable
  • Oversleeping
  • Tiredness
  • Craving Carbs
  • Weight Gain
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Leaden arms & legs
  • Trouble getting along with others

Surviving Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be helped using some simple tools. First I want to say knitting truly is my life saver during the dreary weather. I can focus on knitting and pretend it’s not so bad outside. The trick is to keep the blinds closed and all the lights on. Make my home as fun as possible music helps, then just knit until the sun comes back. It’s not always that simple, but you get the point. It’s about getting your mind off the worries and gloom. If you notice any of the signs of SAD the following list can help with surviving seasonal affective disorder (SAD):

  • See a doctor
  • Light Therapy
  • Medications
  • Make your home sunny and bright
  • Get outside more
  • Exercise

All of this rain made me realize that this is the end of those long summer days and the beginning of the hibernation season. However, I’m determined to not let the cold keep me from getting out more. Although, I always have an excuse ready, “I just have too much knitting to do for everyone.”

Isn’t if funny how we (knitters) will make something for someone else but never do anything for ourselves. Well, last winter I made winter hats for everyone, that is everyone, but myself. I was on my way out the door one day when the blistering wind hit my face and I needed a hat. I thought my ears were going to fall off. Even though I have a yarn stash a mile long there was not one frickin hat in the entire house for me. This winter you better believe that I will definitely make myself a hat. I found 48 fun new hat patterns at All Free Knitting just waiting for me. So I’m going to make a hat for myself first this year.

I know I may be getting ahead of things a bit since fall just began, but some places will be getting their first snow before we know it. For all the snow lovers or just the Snowman lovers, I saw the cutest snowman patterns at Craftsy I just can’t wait to make.

If anyone has any ideas for a good afghan throw pattern I need some nice new ones. I think that should also be on my agenda for this winter. I did see an autumn afghan from Red Heart Yarns that I really think will look nice on my sofa this fall. It’s loaded with all the fall colors, so I might just give it a whirl.

Well, our first project together was a simple stockinette dishcloth . knitting for seasonal affective disorderI hope everyone did well and didn’t have any trouble. If you have any questions please hit me up. Also, remember to share your pics with us and any ideas for another KAL project you would like to do.

Remember, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness so don’t forget your mammogram.

Have a fabulous weekend get out and enjoy the sun. If not today, then as Annie would say, “The sun will come out tomorrow.”

Happy Knitting

 

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