Seasonal Affective Disorder and IPF
For my fellow Canadians on this site, January has been a hard month. Typically speaking January is a challenge for a lot of people; bills start coming in after Christmas, there are no statutory holidays to look forward to and the days are long and dark, to name a few. Many people in Canada have been experiencing an unprecedented number of days without any sunshine as well.
Recently I heard that in December and January combined, Ontario has only seen 30 hours of sunshine, which is a record low! I find it challenging to have so many gloomy and cloudy days in a row and I was wondering if others are feeling the same. Here’s a link to something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) if you want to read more about it.
The reason I share it on our forums site is because living with IPF can be challenging enough and oftentimes, our mental health can suffer. With SAD layered on top of this, it can be hard to manage and I’m a big advocate for ensuring we care for both our physical and mental health needs. Here are a couple of strategies to take care of your mental health from the World Health Organization:
In periods of prolonged difficulties or gloominess, how do you keep yourself busy or take care of yourself?
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