Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The SAD

I've been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately.

I'm always tired, even though I sleep at least 7 hours a night. Even when I do fall asleep, it's restless sleep and I wake up with a headache.

This isn't uncommon, in fact, it happens at the same time every year.  Late fall/early winter is the worst for me. My energy levels plummet, my motivation wanes and all I want to do is sleep.  It occurred to me last year that I might have a case of the SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

I noted last year that keeping a regular exercise schedule and have a particular goal to focus on helps me stay sane.  Last year it was making goal weight, but this year I don't have such a pressing goal.

So what can I do this year that will keep me focused and sane?

I can take it one moment, one day, one week at a time. I can focus on the little things that give me satisfaction, like checking off items on my to do list on toodledo.com or finishing a run.

I think I shall start by running at lunch today.