Creativity, Depression, and SAD

For all of you who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the Northern Hemisphere , it’s time to get out your lights! For those of you who don’t know what a “SAD Light” is, it’s an extremely bright light that we SAD folk stare at for about 20 minutes each morning during autumn, winter, and early spring. It helps us overcome our seasonal depression that’s caused by not enough sunshine in our lives.

Nothing is a bigger creativity killer than depression! Depression sucks all the joy out of life and makes creative acts almost impossible. Depression hits me physically. I feel weighted down and every movement I make requires extreme effort. When I’m depressed I can’t draw. I don’t even want to draw. As a matter of fact, not wanting to draw is so abnormal for me, that’s usually how I know it’s time to get out the Light!

If you suffer from depression this time of year and haven’t researched it yet, Google “sad” and you’ll get a lot of good links to info about it. SAD lights are a little expensive, but the bulbs last a long time and they’re worth every penny. If you can’t afford one, then get out into the sun for 20 minutes or so a day. If you want to be warm and comfortable, go for a drive or just bundle up and sit facing the sun.

The world needs the art you make more than you know, so take care of yourself when you’re feeling sad.


About Carol

I'm an artist, an accidental author, and lover of life. I grew up in Yorktown, Indiana, and I've been writing (and drawing) this website since 1999.
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