Surviving a Seasonal Slump (aka Seasonal Depression)

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I’ve needed some time to recharge after a serious seasonal slump. Can you relate? Hibernation anyone? I have been battling adult regression mixed with seasonal depression. I’m over all the rules of being a functioning adult and I’d like to start over. 

I’m mourning the loss of summer, loss of sleep, loss of friends, and basic hope for humanity (thank you, presidential election 2016). The world seems more appealing in silent mode.

What has majorly been lacking: my motivation. Paired with my depleted energy, I feel continuous, emotional periods of failure. “Mommy meltdowns” occur regularly. I want my positive, upbeat self back. This experience has been brutal. Fall brings with it a new list of demands, and up until a week ago, I was not interested in participating.

It took a hard, totally ungraceful slip in my yard (thanks to a million acorns) to knock some sense back into me. I hadn’t laughed so hard in ages, and laying on the cold ground, in self-induced pain seemed to wake me out of my sad state of mind.

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We collected over 275 pounds of acorns this year. Yes, that many. I know that’s nuts! Those bitches are FIERCE and unforgiving.

This year, the change in seasons has put me into a serious downward spiral that I hope to never enter again. I can’t fully blame the weather change, but it was an obvious culprit. 

I’d wake up in the morning and tell myself that I needed to relax. I only wished to be wrapped in a permanent blanket burrito. After weeks of sleep issues (thanks to my one-year-old), relaxing was all I wanted to do. The world had other plans. I just wanted silence. My mind whispered to me all day to push through the motions of parenting, cleaning, organizing, cooking, and facing all the things I sincerely wanted to quit.

I was at a place where I was ready to say “peace out adulthood, find me in 2014 where life was simpler.” I felt like the worst human being for wanting any other life back than the amazing one I have now, but I couldn’t stop fantasizing and reflecting on how simple life used to be.

Kudos to the universe, which seemed to know I was in a seasonal slump and magically delivered me the best therapy. I received beautiful, warm October days. They rolled in and I was able to breathe much-needed fresh air back into my deflated soul. I realized it was time to get out of the house and away from the endless chores that had been nagging at me.

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Joy rising all around.

Fall in New England is epic, and don’t you forget it. Go leaf peeping and then go visit a farm that sells cider donuts if you’re feeling blue. I need to give cider donuts a “YOUGE” shout out for their important role in my revival, because they were a driving force in getting me out the door. 

Here are my simple seasonal slump survival tips:

That’s my personal story and basic tips for overcoming adult regression mixed with seasonal depression. Parenting isn’t easy and I’m so glad I recognized these feelings. I will reflect on them and know what it took to get through my seasonal slump. 

What are some of your tried and true ways to overcome the seasonal slump?

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Hello, Iโ€™m Anelia! Friends and family describe me as quirky, fun, optimistic, creative, and full of love. I'm a newlywed, Newmarket, NH, native who recently moved down the road to Lee with my Match.com dream man, Joe. We welcomed a beautiful baby boy Charlie just days after relocating and our lives and hearts have never been more full. I'm the oldest of three girls and took on the nurturer, big sister, caretaker role early on. Being a mom is my latest and greatest new adventure. My experience with childcare is lifelong, but even so, I was never fully prepared for the crazy, beautiful, scary, exhausting, and life-changing role of being a parent. You will generally find me cooking and entertaining for my loved ones or outside soaking up mother nature. All of these components combined are my #ultimate #joyrising #blissedout #favoritethings. I hope you enjoy hearing me share how I'm taking on parenting and being my quirky, fun, optimistic, creative, full-of-love self all at the same time!

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  1. Love this. First of all, do not underestimate the power of sleep. When I don’t get enough sleep, nothing works, nothing is good! Hope your sweetie goes back to sleeping!!
    And I hear you about the donuts- the best!

    • Thank you Allison! You are so right, that sleep is key! It’s amazing to wake up and know that I got a solid five hours ๐Ÿ™‚ Total game changer! Charlie’s nighttime sleep schedule is always changing and I have learned to remind myself that this too shall pass ๐Ÿ˜‰ Xo

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