Monday, 16 January 2017

Blue Monday and Seasonal Sadness - Are They Real?


Last year I wrote a post while heavily pregnant with my 3rd child entitled "An Open Letter From The Bathroom Floor".

On that post I received a lot of comments from other women who were feeling the same way, who - like me - put it down to pre-natal depression....I also received so much support from friends and the blogging community, I was truly overwhelmed.

There was one comment on that post which - I'll be honest - actually almost irritated me a little bit at the time (although it was well intended, you know how it is when you're feeling super sensitive...) I thought to myself "It's not something as simple as just the month of the year...it's depression, it's a breakdown, it's because I'm pregnant again so soon after my second child and I can't handle it...I'm not coping"


That was honestly how I felt.

This was the comment I received:

"It is January! I've come to live in fear of it. It deny's you one of depression's greatest weapons, the joy and healing power of nature. Who wants to brave the cold and rain with small children and nothing looks pretty or soothing to the soul...Sometimes the simple answers are true. Lack of sleep, lack of light, lack of fun and your seeming invisibility. You are not mad or suffering a disorder of any kind. This is all very natural and one day you will be glad of all you've learned. But no one will look after you, but you. And plan for January next year. See it coming for what it is."

Well...after I posted that article, I went on and my baby was born in February...things started to fall back into place and we carried on, and in the end the year was a good one with some fantastic moments...

And now...it's January again.

I've spoken before about how this Christmas wasn't a great one and I feel as though I kind of went into myself after it and I haven't shaken it all off yet...I'm still seeing a therapist weekly for anxiety disorder and PTSD, and lately my sessions have been quite intense which has brought all sorts of feelings and past experiences to the surface and left me feeling quite rubbish in general.

And honestly...the past few weeks have been awful. 

And I feel terrible for admitting to that - because nobody has died, nobody is sick, nothing is permanently broken - but I feel as though I've been hit by a truck.

Not physically - although with 3 hospital appointments this week for various health complaints and decisions to be made about operations, I could be in better shape - but mentally.

I feel exhausted. I feel lonely. I feel desperate.

Emotionally I feel battered and bruised...upset by memories brought up in my therapy session, let down by people close to me, lonely and friendless and without any support...

Even though I know there are friends there, they don't feel reachable.

I'm feeling that same way again, wanting to reach out to people for help and support but stopping myself every time I try...not knowing who to ask or what to say.

And today I hit an all time low, when I googled a few things and ended up on a site called "Suicide Forum"...of course I don't want to do that, there have been suicides in my family committed by parents of young children and I won't do the same thing to my kids...but just the thought of it getting in your head is distressing enough, nobody wants that...nobody wants to be that person.

But I suddenly remembered that ladies comment last year.


And I looked at the calendar...

And it made me wonder...

Maybe she was right all along?

Maybe it IS January?!

I know that today is supposed to be "Blue Monday" and I know the concept of that seems laughable when you're in a good place in life...or maybe even when you're not...but can it really be coincidence that I feel so very low again, at the same time of the year?

I think I need to take the commenters advice and start to anticipate these kinds of feelings in January  in future years and prepare for them - perhaps next January I'll book a Disneyland Visit (My happy place!), save hard to have some fall back cash to hand or think of other ways to make it all feel a little less hard.

If you have any experience with seasonal disorders, I would love to hear about how you manage it as I'd love to figure out if this is the problem I'm having...



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4 comments

  1. Oh Hayley. You are not alone. I hope the people who owe got the money read this. I have no words of wisdom but I didn't want to read and not comment

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  2. Oh Hun :( I find January difficult I always have done. Jan-march are usually pretty much a write off. Things I manage to keep on top of the rest of the time seem much harder. I hope you get your money owed soon, financial worries are awful! Sending hugs xx

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  3. My mum used to work for the samaritans, and she once told me that this time of year, start of the year coming towards spring, is the most common for suicides. So there must be something to it all. You aren't alone, I am here whenever you need me. Just a message away xxx

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  4. I've been feeling exactly the same lately and have been asking the same question. If it's the time of year and the gloomy weather that's making me feel so depressed. Thank you for sharing this and hope you feel better soon xx

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