Seasonal Affective Lazy Libra Burnout Syndrome

I haz it.

What is it?

Seasonal affective disorder generally starts in fall when the season changes and daylight decreases. It’s characterized by decreased energy, fatigue, depressed mood, and a certain tendency to want to hibernate.

Lazy Libra is a term used to describe a Libra who is between bouts of activity. Yes, this curse is a real thing. Libra’s either engage in a flurry of activity, or…well, they do absolutely nothing.

Burnout happens when stress takes over one’s life and efforts to de-stress are non-existent or not enough.

I’m pretty much the epitome of all three. Yay.

Anyway, in an effort to recharge, I’m gonna take the rest of the year off from blogging. Don’t worry, it’s only like ten days, LOL! I’ll be back January 3rd to kick off another round of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog.

Don’t forget to check out Sarah’s answer regarding her experience with “writing education.”

Happy Christmas and New Year, y’all!


Memorial Day

Hi all!

Since it’s a holiday, I’m taking a break from Mental Health Monday.

I hope the day off (should you be lucky enough to have it) finds you all well. Please take a moment and remember why we celebrate our fallen soldiers.

PS: Anybody goin’ to a parade or havin’ a BBQ?

First Snow

We had our first snowfall the other day. Fat flakes plopped down, stuck to tree branches, and covered the ground in ultra white. Beautiful!

When I was a kid, a blanket of snow by early November was a given. It helped to set the mood; it prepared the mind and spirit for the upcoming holidays. Over the past few years, luck played a major part in determining whether or not any frozen precipitation fell by Christmas. I must say its absence has contributed to my lack of awareness of the season. For the past three years in particular, balmy temperatures, lack of snow, and the frenzied pace of residency blocked me from remembering how special this time of year is. Not to mention the fact that I’m a “late shopper” and I hate crowds. Trust me, it doesn’t add any appeal to the holiday season. Yes, I’m disillusioned with commercialism in general.

So, I’m taking the time out to stop hovering about my busy schedule. It’s important to remember why I put up a Christmas tree, why I buy presents for my family/friends, why I go to church on Christmas Eve. It’s not about objects, gifts, new gadgets, and white-knuckling it through yet another wonky holiday dinner with…well, I won’t get into the details here, but suffice it to say I look forward to January 1 for somewhat different reasons than many.

In church yesterday, Pastor spoke of bringing light to the world. He explained how people in the Middle Ages would put a burning candle in their window to symbolize their Christian roots and declare they were a light in the darkness. There isn’t the time or the space to recreate his entire sermon, but he implored us to figure out ways to let our own light shine. It was inspiring and I am encouraged to share my blessings even more.

Here’s a problem. I work in a field where disclosing personal information can get sticky. In psychiatry, the psychiatrist is supposed to be a “blank slate.” I’ve spoken of this before in an earlier post, but it allows the patient to focus more on themselves, which is the reason they’re there in the first place. If someone came to my office for help and all I did was talk about myself, well, that wouldn’t be very helpful. (Okay, dead horse sufficiently beaten.) Now, I spend 50-60 hours a week at work (sometimes more, sometimes less). It’s a great opportunity to shine my light. So, how do I do it? I have a few ideas and have implemented some (small gifts, donation, engaging in random acts of kindness), but I’m left wondering: Can I do more?

The resounding answer is: Yes. I’m just no sure how to do it.

Thoughts? Ideas?

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