In these darker months “seasonal depression” is something many battle. I mark quotations not because I find it illegitimate. Quite the contrary. It’s something many carry as a burden. It’s a struggle. But I’ve been thinking...
What if the person isn’t ill at all, rather society places the pressure to hit the gas pedal during these months, something that goes entirely against how we’ve evolved as living beings over hundreds of thousands of years? The chemical imbalance is maybe because the body and mind are prepared to shut down and the schedule is full all winter long. There is no slow down period. Where there once was darkness, there is no longer. Not so long ago, you maybe had a candle to find your way.
I did some digging around and there are theories that ancient civilizations would go into a state of slower metabolism and sort of hibernation. If not full hibernation, there is factual information that certainly life would slow down and rest was priority and necessary. We really aren’t that removed from our ancestors.
What if the way we think, diagnose and treat “seasonal depression” is entirely wrong? People that are suffering already carry the extra weight society places on them. What if we really are designed, in our current state to slow down and rest?
I hope if you need rest these coming months, you take rest and don’t feel guilty. Don’t let society keep you in the rat race.
*my heart goes out those that suffer deeply during these times*
Post Thanksgiving Food rambling:
It’s universally known that certain foods heal and certain foods...well, poison or at least disrupt or weaken your immune system, thyroid, etc.
So many of us, myself absolutely included want to feel better and do better. We’ll pay X amount of dollars for a gym membership, supplements, the latest trendy wellness gadget but absolutely refuse to give up certain foods or drinks that we know are damaging (the root to most of our problems).
I understand foods/substances like caffeine, sugar, alcohol are addictive and harder to give up, no doubt. I empathize here. Not to mention, the social pressure of alcohol and/or pressure to eat the piece of cake (because no one wants to eat cake alone or made to feel worse when you say “no thank you”). This in itself is a major problem, in my opinion. The entire culture of pressure to put garbage into your body rather than the communal support to eat and drink healing and nutrient dense foods. The collective conversation seems to be “I want to indulge and have fun in life” rather than “I want to nourish my body and mind to thrive in life”. It’s entirely backward if you ask me and I keep trying to inch this conversation forward with friends and family to create an ecosystem for collective health and well-being, but again...it’s not easy. And it’s still not easy for me to have self control all the time, either.
Where is the line in the sand to say no more and actually create an environment for yourself to thrive? When do we transform the dialogue from making someone feel bad for NOT drinking and evolve to encouraging and supporting each other to make healthy decisions?
Finally, our children. I, in no shape or form feel that I am withholding from my child when I don’t give her (not even talking “allow” her...because most of the time she doesn’t even ask) cake, candy...sugar. That whole idea is f***ed. When do we switch that narrative, as well? I want to set my kid up for a life of health and happiness by exposing her to good food that nourishes.
It’s as though you can dip into the cold sea to touch the sky.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Keep it loose, child.
New job! I had been craving...needing a little more work, life balance (already feeling better from my previous post, thanks again everyone). All things work in our favor if we speak them into existence (am-I-rite, @leighrichards?)
Leigh reached out with an opportunity to work for Richards™️. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Richards offers wayfinding and brand engagement to businesses and institutions. What does that mean? Essentially we problem solve to create better solutions for navigating your way through, for example, a hospital or library. We design anything from directories, exterior and interior signage, signs for orientation, and sometimes even curate art on the walls for a better overall experience. We often have clients contact us with concern that patients are having difficulty finding their way to a medical office. It’s fulfilling to help problem solve, here.
I’ll be working as a project coordinator for the company. I’m forever, forever grateful as the company puts people first, its employees, clients and people they serve, in general. It feels good!
Nanny June taking Marri & Baby Sloth for a walk.
“Jo, jo Browns!”
*if you can, wish @saritonin a happy birthday and help her feel the love!
You’re a rock and foundation for our family. When things are crazy, you hold it down with a unshakeable trust that things will work out...and they always do. You’re an amazing wife, mom, friend, daughter, teacher and human.
Junie and I (and all our animals) are very blessed to have you, @saritonin!
WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY AND FOCUS ON THE GOOD THINGS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU RATHER THAN THE THINGS BEHIND YOU OR THE THINGS THAT HAVENT HAPPENED YET.
IMO (and I’m no saint):
The goal should be to seek out and bring out the best in people, to find similarity and common ground.
How many of us brush past all that and jump to assumption and even conclusion before giving others a chance?
Brought the boss for today’s family photo shoot.
Our whole crew is feeling big emotions, mostly love and gratitude. Photos above are of a happy, big sis. ❤️