When I say SAD I am actually referring to Seasonal Affective Disorder that Kriss Carr wrote about in her blog post titled "9 ways to conquer seasonal affective disorder".
Sadness & depression however may be one in the same thing, but as with Kriss, it takes some courage to admit to being depressed, and if you are sad or depressed you can often attempt to overcome the emotion by trying to do more or greater of the same things that you have been doing.
We can try to do greater and more of the same to become happier such as looking for a bigger home, a newer car, a higher paid job, better relationships, etc but I believe from my research in personal growth experiences that if you are not happy with what you have then you will never be happy.
Having more or bigger of the same may temporarily provide some distraction to your sad feelings, or at worst you spend most of your remaining life trying to have more or bigger of the same to provide constant distraction to your sad feelings, but the negative feelings usually come back and perhaps with more intensity.
I say this because I believe your soul or spirit (the real you) actually is not experiencing joy from whatever you have created as you have conditioned yourself to create and live in a reality from just that...conditioning. The secret seems to be to create a reality from true joy which is a feeling rather than an externally created reality or desired reality and that is a topic about manifestation that I hope to go into detail in another post.
Depression UK (a charity) also describes depression as a "soul destroying illness" and states that you may be suffering from depression if you are experiencing the following:
- Sadness and feeling weepy.
- Numbness, lethargy and a loss of interest in things and activities you used to enjoy.
- Wanting to hide away from people, perhaps even by staying in bed.
- Constant tiredness and problems sleeping.
- Loss of appetite, or eating to excess for the comfort it may bring.
- Stress and frustration.
- Irritability and aggression.
- Feeling that you cannot cope.
- Inability to see any glimmer of a 'light at the end of the tunnel'.
- Asking yourself what the point of living is.
Anyway, that's enough about sadness and depression. Let's try to transcend it by looking at Kriss Carr's blog post which contains the following 9 ways to overcome seasonal affective disorder.
- Make sure you’re taking vitamin D.
- Up your omega-3 intake.
- Get Aerobic exercise.
- Purchase one of those sun lamps.
- Go outside anyway.
- Leave the hermitage (and not just for dinner and drinks).
- “Warm” up your green drinks and recipe repertoire.
- Don’t eat shitty food.
The key ingredients seem to be...
- warmth (in the form of heat and perhaps also tender loving care).
By the way, if you don't know who Kriss Carr is, in 2003 she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer, and survived, her way.