Academic researchers began reporting on the links between less light and depression back in the 1980s. Soon it gained a name – Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. In describing her winter struggles with depression, my neighbour Irene commented, “It felt like I was perpetually walking around with my own personal rain cloud.”
At this time of year, articles abound with helpful ideas to “beat the winter blues.” Tips range from getting out for daily exercise to joining various social clubs. But what if we also rethought how we are influenced by what we believe about the weather and the amount of sunlight?
Nature should not govern our lives, though it can teach us valuable lessons.Continue Reading