Showing gratitude for my life with S.A.D. & depression in the Autumn
It is often at this time of year, autumn here, I wait for the dark evenings to creep in and start to worry about the very dark days that will soon be upen me. I show gratitude for the last rays of light before darkness takes over.
You guessed it, I am S.A.D.
So what if I think of a way to combat it? Life does not have to be like this. Do I have gratitude for anything, even the very #smallthings.
What if I let go of the fear, even if only for one day. Such gratitude I will have.
. . . . . .So…..
So I took out my journal and decided to write everything that is good and beautiful in these autumnal days; showing gratitude, here goes:
- The beautiful Russian Ivy plant that many people have in abundance their gardens and parks. The very rich and vibrant colours of its leaves, spreading their veins to absorb goodness from the daylight. Preparing itself to savour the last of the days light, replenishing its energy and preparing itself to return next year.
- The trees that now shed their leaves, going bare, but not quite. I can hear the rustling sound of the tree whilst it fights with the wind, not yet ready to give in, not ready to go bare and being vulnerable to the next season, winter.
- I love the crunching under foot, I remember to kick the leaves like I did when I was a child, and I enjoy picking up the occasional acorn, conker or leaf to take home with me.
- I love watching my dog bouncing around in the garden, running against the wind, ears flapping and nostrils flaring, taking in every sound and smell he can.
- I like to watch the different colours in the garden, small plants defying nature.
- I love the warmth of my fire, the crackling of the wood, the redness of the flames that provide comfort and warmth.
Gratitude is recognising that each one of these are the amazing miracles of each day we live.
When we feel S.A.D. I would suggest to be mindful, be focused on gratitude for the small things we take for granted. Give gratitude for friendships, food, roof over our heads, pennies in our pocket, our children, our neighbours, our pets, autumn colours, the weather, our very opportunity of living each day.
Autumn is absolutely stunning, there to renew our very self, to regenerate and grow, nourish and return in splendour.