For most of us, we lost an hour last night. While I love that this time of year marks longer days, which means m more sunlight, the loss of the hour always has a profound effect on me and my mental health.
I am hoping that this year the effects will be lessened by my sleep apnea therapy and CPAP machine. It will be a few weeks before I will know for sure, but I felt no so sleepy as before, and the only issue remains with my Seroquel, which I will be addressing on Monday.
I love the fact that we will be getting more sun every day, and the longer days help me be more productive with my freelance work, being a graduate student, and also my writing. I have proven that the time change means I am more active, but still, I’m not too fond of the feeling of losing an hour.
What are your experiences with dealing with the changing of time and losing an hour?
With that said, be careful about this time of year. It may seem minor at first, but the loss of a single hour can be profound on your mental health. Look for signs of oversleeping or the lack of sleep, as both can affect your mental health.
If you feel elevated mood (associated with the manic-depressive side of Bipolar specifically), then keep track of your mood. If you think you are in a low mood, know that the little things like getting up, taking a shower, and eating breakfast can go a long way with your depression. Going outside and soaking up the sun can also be so amazing.
What I am more worried about right now is my anxiety, in which the elevation has increased over the last few weeks. I have been combating the need to isolate (not because of the coronavirus) with going out and doing work. Writing in coffee shops and working with my clients. It has helped me stay steady, but my anxiety elevation is something I will watch for over the next few weeks. With that said, always stay strong in the fight!
Always Keep Fighting
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