Many of us in the Northeast suffer from what is commonly referred to as SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is the time between November and March when the temperature drops and the sun goes down at 4PM. Why then is everything not all better when spring rolls around? Rational thinking would lead one to believe that all would be well when the daffodils bloom and the green comes spurting out of the ground. It is not as simple as it seems.
Spring is about change, and for most people change is hard. Sure, we were tired of the freezing cold and darkness at 4PM, but now the fact that it is light out until 7PM, makes many people anxious, and think they should be “doing something” all the time since it is “nice” out. So don’t feel bad if Spring has brought about some anxiety, and all is not perfect. Change produces anxiety, and while lilacs popping up are beautiful, they are part of a larger “change.” So if you have a spring of anxiety this May, don’t fret, you are not alone. Take a moment to breathe, and recognize that nature’s change is out of your control, all you can control is how you react to the change.