Sunday, 13 September 2009


It feels like autumn is coming - I can smell it in the air in the mornings and the evenings. We're almost to the autumn equinox and the children have named this time 'the start of snuggly-time'. Like me, my daughter needs to snuggle up under a duvet to really sleep well, so for that reason we are both looking forward to the change in the seasons.

However, I also suffer from SAD, so the depths of the winter are usually bad for me, and in a dull winter I'm really struggling by January. So autumn is rather a mixed time for me. On the one hand, it's one of my favourite seasons (along with spring), but on the other hand, it leads to a potentially difficult time.

in the past, I've tried to go along with the spirit of the season in winter and pretty much hibernated, but actually, I don't think this is the best approach for me. If I don't try to keep a bit active, the depression can take over.

The key, as ever, seems to lie in balance. Finding that elusive balance between going with the withdrawal and regrouping which are an essential part of the winter season, and yet not allowing myself to sink under the weight of dark days and give in to the yearning to just lie in bed all day reading Georgette Heyer books (my equivalent of a comfort blanket).

Maybe we'll have a bright, crisp and cold winter rather than a dull and mild one. Here's hoping.


Carolyn said...

Your words echo my own thoughts, Liz. I love Spring and Autumn....falling leaves and beautiful colours, but it does bring that sense of foreboding. I am hoping for a cold crisp and sunny winter too! Although, not a Georgette Heyer fan...well, actually *slightly emabarrassed squirm* I've never read any!! My mum used to read them alot so maybe I always thought they were for older ladies. Gulp, after a quick look in the mirror, I realise that I am potentially that group!!! Eeeek!

bettywobble said...

That sums up this time of year perfectly for me...I love this time of year, but I don't think it really likes me that much! And snuggly sweet! :)

bethnoir said...

I love thick duvets too, makes getting out of bed in the morning challenging though! Autumn has the loveliest smell of all the seasons, i think :-)