The last days of autumn, and the beauty of river and cloud along the Blackwood.

The days are shorter now as autumn gives way to winter. I am grateful for the change in season even though I don’t like the cold, somehow nature needs this, I tell my self, but I know deep down that I need it too. ย But there is an impact that the seasonal change makes known as SAD (an auspicious aconym) or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

As winter progresses it is quite normal to feel tired and unmotivated, it is a form of the ‘blues’ but it now has a name – SAD. I think it’s probably an ancient hibernation process we are fighting, but that’s just a witsful guess, perhaps a latent desire to sleep in and ignore the cold air. However, exercise, dietary changes, sleep, meditation and a change in habit can recharge and motivate us. To do something different rather than force a summer routine into a winter context might be truly barking up the wrong tree. I note that several local young men are still clinging to shorts, t-shirt and thongs, and even though this week it has dropped to 3 degrees overnight, they are hanging on to summer as if to say, nature won’t force me to change. Yeah, right! It will.

SAD is best embraced and refocussed, a reframing of inner thought and responding energy, and to make friends with the season, and to live into it mindfully.



Filed under beach, bush walking, life, mindfulness, nature, seasons

39 responses to “SAD

  1. news to me, not heard of SAD before … only the original sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  2. I find that exercising in winter akways makes me happier

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  3. lync56

    Yes I agree and for someone who hates the winter cold this is definitely food for thought


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  4. Well said, Brother Paul, fellow traveler, writer, soul Mate, in the highest best sense. You hit that one out of the park, sorry for the baseball analogy, but it fits.

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    • I quite like baseball, we had a high school teacher who’d done a US exchange in the early 70s and who brought his passion for baseball to our school, we had a couple of teams. Thanks David.


  5. I didn’t know that such a word exists for this. I also feel little depressed and unmotivated during winters , but its amazing it is known as SAD !! Nice, informative post Paul. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pic.

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  6. Nasuko

    Nice pic!!
    Your place has come Autumn!!,Japan has come Summer!!
    We live in the opposite place, How wonder.:D

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  7. Good for you — we’ve got to stop trying to make every day exactly like the others ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  8. So well said, “a reframing of inner thought…” that is really quite useful in many cases during our life. Nice season-changing thoughts, and beautiful photo too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. SAD is well researched or the winter blues as it used to be called, you are right we need to embrace the chill itโ€™s for such a short time. I will admit Iโ€™m not putting the thongs away yet ๐Ÿ˜

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  10. Iโ€™ve learned something new today. โ€SADโ€

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  12. Your beautiful words just made my day. Thank you so much for adding such magical drop of words in my jar of motivation.I feel blessed by your writing right now.
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    • Thank you so much for those encouraging thoughts, glad it was good for you.


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  13. Paul, I suffer from SAD. Being in the northern hemisphere, though, I’m in my happy season now. Many of my friends love autumn. I can’t enjoy autumn because I know winter isn’t far behind. I did better at embracing winter this past year than usual. I like your closing paragraph. That’s what I’m trying to do in my life because hating winter and dreading it throughout autumn is not a healthy way to live. Good post!

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    • Thank you for sharing Janet, and thank you for your encouraging comment too, much appreciated. I don’t envy anyone in a northern winter, I have experienced a few, and I admire those who live in it, especially if they learn to reframe and find new attitudes – wow.


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