Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
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Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Each winter, 500,000 people in the United States are said to become depressed and suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The cause of this disorder is the decrease in the amount of available daytime light, an amount that drops from the long days of summer months.

It’s not the lack of light that causes a drop in mood specifically, it’s how that drop in light causes reactions in the body. Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that lack of light can do one of three things in the body to cause depression. (more…)

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Do your actions contribute to your happiness?
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Do your actions contribute to your happiness?

Do your actions contribute to your happiness? Shouldn’t everything you do be a building block to your overall happiness?

Everyone has the capacity to be happy. It’s not an inherited trait. Choices throughout our lives determine our level of happiness. Be careful of your choices, as well as the actions you take and not take. Highly sensitive people have the unique capacity to intuitively analyze the consequences, good and bad, of their choices. Do you tap into the power of your intuition? (more…)

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How much activity is good for you?
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How much activity is good for you?

How much activity is good for you? This question can be answered in many ways because we are all different. What kinds of activities take an emotional and physical toll on your mind and body? What types of activities uplift and energize you?

Being overwhelmed is a feeling that all highly sensitive experience. We feel more deeply than others. It’s important to know our activity tolerance. This can change from day-to-day. We don’t feel the same way each day and we need to make adjustments as needed. (more…)

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Are you bored?
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Are you bored?

A state of boredom is a certain sign that we are allowing some of our talents to lie idle or rust. A unfulfilling job or career, a personal relationship, lack of interests, or a need for new ones could be symptoms of our boredom. Maybe you feel that you need a change of scenery. Perhaps you might like to move to a different state or country. Boredom symbolizes a state of unrest.

It’s not unusual to experience boredom, but it shouldn’t be long-lasting. Chronic boredom can have many serious consequences. It often leads to heightened feelings of loneliness, helplessness, and even depression. In its most destructive form, boredom can lead to drug abuse, gambling addiction, sexual promiscuity, alcoholism, and excessive spending habits. When people, especially young people, are bored and don’t have direction in their lives, they turn to violence and crime. (more…)

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