Posted by: lifeinlonsdale | February 4, 2009

Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder and our modern lives…

I have recently been doing a lot of thinking about winter and the way that it affects our moods, in particular Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder, as I am convinced that I am afflicted by it.

This is not a proven scientific theory, it is just my hypothesis. I think very strongly that Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder is our body trying to tell us that we are doing too much during the winter. This really starts to make sense when you think about how our species evolved, especially when agriculture came into the picture.

Our ancestors would spend the spring, summer and fall busy with agricultural activities. The cycle of agriculture shaped their lives in a very profound way. During the winter, people would be more stuck inside moreso than we are today. Their bodies required less energy during this time, so I think that their bodies adapted to this.

Take this idea and put it into the crazy, hectic world we have today. We expect as much or ourselves during the winter as we do any other time of the year. There is no downtime. We wonder why we have no energy and feel like sleeping all the time, it is because this is what our bodies are programmed to do.

There is a lot to be said for listening and attuning to our bodies cycles. Perhaps I will write more about this at another time. We all have times of the day, year and months that we have more energy or less. Perhaps if we could again structure our lives more based on these cycles, the world would be a happier and healthier place.

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