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Fall Back


As I started to get older I began to realize I was becoming more and more negatively affected by the change of seasons. Fall has always been the toughest of those for me.

The Fall season was always a reminder that Winter is approaching quickly. Here in the Northeast, Winter is cold, damp, and windy. It’s also dark and can be lonely. For me, the thought of Winters dreariness wasn’t much to look forward to.

My feelings of sadness always started around Labor Day and if I’m being honest as the weekend approached for the Fall Back or the scheduled time change I would be in a full-blown depression.

When do we turn the clocks back in 2021?

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 7, 2021, than the day before. It will be lighter in the morning. Also called Fall Back and Wintertime.

When I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD,) to be honest I thought it was a made-up, fake condition.

It always started for me in late August. As a single mom, the thought of needing to buy school supplies, uniforms, and winter coats was stressful. The fear of not being able to provide for my kids drained my energy and left me feeling hopeless and worthless.

SAD is a type of depression that occurs and is related to changes in the season as well as changes in your internal clock.

Knowing the holidays were approaching caused even more stress.

When I started to chronically oversleep, lost interest in my work, and was obsessive about keeping the curtains closed, shutting out the light I knew I needed help.

SAD is common. There are over 3-million cases diagnosed every year in the United States.

It’s perfectly normal to have occasional bouts of the blues or to find yourself in a bit of a funk. These are our body’s way of telling us to slow down a bit, to recharge our batteries. To get yourself out of a funk try:

  • Sit by a window at work and at home
  • Keep your house well lit
  • Take a walk or at least get outside for a few minutes every day.
  • Set goals and make plans
  • Start a new hobby
  • Exercise

I am a firm believer in maintaining a positive mindset and I manage to stay positive by always having something to look forward to.

If your blues last for more than a few days, if you start to dread activities you used to enjoy, if you feel like you have nothing to look forward to, aren’t eating or sleeping properly, and especially if you are having thoughts of suicide it’s time to call your doctor.

Treatment for SAD may be as simple as light therapy, counseling, and in more serious cases, medication.

I’m so grateful I sought help and although Fall can still be a bit overwhelming I now look at the changing leaves as a miracle. A reminder that even though we’re losing something there is always something brighter to look forward to, even during the dreary winter months.

I’ve learned to look forward to and appreciate slowing down on snowy days and enjoying a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. It’s one of the least commercial. There is no stress of choosing and buying gifts. Only the joy of getting together with family and friends and sharing a delicious meal and discussing what we’ve been most grateful for throughout the year.

Have you ever been affected by the changes in seasons? What are you most grateful for?


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Major Life Events & Writing #IWSG

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Stop by and say hello to the awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting:

Dolorah, Tanya Miranda, Chemist Ken, and Christopher D. Votey.

Optional Question this Month:

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Are You Guilty of Road Rage?

Are you guilty of Road Rage? Have you been a victim of Road Rage?

Road rage attacks seem to happen in multiples in my area. I can’t help but wonder why. Is it the weather, the time of year, the time of day, the position of the moon that causes this volatile behavior?

Whenever I hear or read the words road rage my body stiffens and my heart starts to race. My brother, musician David Albert was beaten to death in a road rage attack. His crime was stopping at every stop sign and looking both ways. It happened on a beautiful tree-lined street in the small town of Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania.

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The link between PTSD and Addiction

I was diagnosed with PTSD 17-years-ago. For the longest time I did a pretty good job of hiding my symptoms but they eventually affected my life negatively on a daily basis, sometimes for days at a time.

The breaking point came for me when I was in line at my bank and one of the guys that was involved with the murder of my brother was 4 people behind me in line.  He eventually ended up directly behind me and I blacked out. I don’t remember screaming at the top of my lungs, the police and paramedics coming and being transported to the hospital.

Through counseling I learned my anxiety, depression and OCD were directly related to past traumas not only the murder of my brother.

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OCD is not a punch line…

During the month of April I am participating with nearly 2000 other bloggers in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. You can find out more about the challenge here:

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Today’s letter is the letter O

Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder [OCD]

OCD is a series of irrational thoughts or fears that cause you to repeat behaviors that you believe will cause the irrational thoughts and fears to stop.

This or one of the many other mental health conditions can make it very difficult to move forward without support from friends and family and/or treatment. With support and treatment though, moving forward is possible!

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