Mental Health In Winter! Stress Levels & Reflection on Progress.
I just set up my Philips blue LED S.A.D. light and put it on my desk. I can feel the Winter SAD symptoms creeping in, and this is a GOOD thing, because my Holmes and Rahe stress test is pretty high over the past year.
Public Speaking should be on that list, it's not only stressful, it's down right nerve wracking for some people.
Stress is a killer, it can raise your blood pressure, create dis-ease in your body, aches, pains, headaches, tension, depression, anxiety, and more are all affected by your stress levels. Managing your stress is important. First though, how do you know what you are stressed about, and what it's impact is on you?
Did you know that there are actual values to life events that help you rate your stress levels?
According to the "Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale", you add up the total "Life Change Units" that are applicable to you for the past year and that value gives a rough guideline of your stress levels and how it might affect your health.
Life event - Life change units Death of a spouse - 100 Divorce - 73 Marital separation - 65 Imprisonment - 63 Death of a close family member - 63 Personal injury or illness - 53 Marriage - 50 Dismissal from work - 47 Marital reconciliation - 45 Retirement - 45 Change in health of family member - 44 Pregnancy - 40 Sexual difficulties - 39 Gain a new family member - 39 Business readjustment - 39 Change in financial state - 38 Death of a close friend - 37 Change to different line of work - 36 Change in frequency of arguments - 35 Major mortgage - 32 Foreclosure of mortgage or loan - 30 Change in responsibilities at work - 29 Child leaving home - 29 Trouble with in-laws - 29 Outstanding personal achievement - 28 Spouse starts or stops work - 26 Beginning or end school - 26 Change in living conditions - 25 Revision of personal habits - 24 Trouble with boss - 23 Change in working hours or conditions - 20 Change in residence - 20 Change in schools - 20 Change in recreation - 19 Change in church activities - 19 Change in social activities - 18 Minor mortgage or loan - 17 Change in sleeping habits - 16 Change in number of family reunions - 15 Change in eating habits - 15 Vacation - 13 Major Holiday - 12 Minor violation of law - 11
Score of 300+: At risk of illness. Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk). Score <150: Only have a slight risk of illness.
So as you can see, even positive changes in life have a stress value, from vacations, marriages, and more. My score was pretty high for the past year, 492 points high actually, and like I said, positive events have stress values, so this is not an indication of a bad things happening, on the contrary. The majority of my stressors are on the happy side of the list, and for this I am grateful!
This is the light I personally use. Philips makes newer versions now. Click this pic to see them on their website!
So, let me share why I feel that my feeling SAD symptoms is a "GOOD thing".
Firstly, it has reminded me to use my SAD light and it is now set up on my desk and it's on even as I type this blog entry!
The second benefit was that it also reminded me to fill my dosette with some Vit D supplements (vegan ones of course) which given it's winter and I live in New Brunswick , Canada, I kind of need it and I had forgotten to take it! Hmmm :-)
The third "GOOD thing" is that I am reminded by my sensations to be more mindful of my level of self care and have created a gentle self care routine for myself and sacred space to do it in. So there are 3 good things right there.
As if those few benefits were not enough, the biggest "GOOD thing" was the MAJOR realization, and the one that brings a big smile to my face, is remembering how my SAD symptoms used to start early as late October and early November. So the fact that it's now Feb 27th is a good indication that the healing work I had done over the years has really paid off and is working even with that 492 stress rating! I can honestly say I am happily stressed out! LOL.
Well, I am not depressed, my SAD symptoms are more a low energy level and over all physical sensation of "blah" that I am experiencing versus feeling sad, down, depressed, etc. Hibernation would be nice, however, life is just way too interesting, too much fun, and too beautiful to me to be depressed again. I will acknowledge my feelings of sadness and experience them, I just won't stay there as emotions need to move, be expressed and let go of.
Reverend Julie Savoy is a Certified Life Coach, Relaxation Therapist, Usui Reiki Practitioner, Personal Support Worker, Intuitive and Energy Worker, She's been initiated in the 9 Rites of the Munay-Ki. Reverend Julie is a channel for the Angels and is a Medium who communicates with Spirit.
Born in England, now resides in Canada, with her Twinflame Husband Glenn, and has three children who are now adults.
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