So today i counted 5 official days of London and most probably England WITHOUT sunlight……
I think i can openly say both me and the plants r going loco without that amazing ball of light, heat and happiness. Not only is my body clock even more messed up but i swear that if i didn’t have a job i could swear that it was forever dawn beyond my blackout curtains.
If you have just joined or don’t know i am a diva of the travelling world and have recently come back home from living in Mexico and a summer in Spain and my skin, body and emotions are definitely feeling the absence.
Not only is it just a dull atmosphere but you never know what to wear, i made the mistake when i first came home (to London) that at the first breeze i threw on my massive puffer jacket and made for the streets only to run home sweating like a pig to change into a light jacket and mahooosive scarf. Other days u will like you are practising your fencing moves with your umbrella against the cold wind.
I have heard of a disorder that the medical world had given us sunshine – piners and it proves to make a lot of sense:
According to NHS.uk :
Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D) is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern. The episodes of depression tend to occur at the same time each year, usually during the winter.
SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe at this time of the year.
The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They are most severe during December, January and February.
In most cases, the symptoms of SAD begin to improve in the spring before disappearing.
In a country that has a summer more dress changes that Mariah Care, Britney, J-lo and Nicki Minaj combined it’s no surprise that us Brits are rather emotionally unstable. From our addiction to Fake Tans to our infamous holidays to Ibiza, Magaluf or Malia where we burn ourselves to a crisp. Whatever way we do it, an overdose of Vitamin D is the most beautiful thing we could imagine from our skies.
When the sun is shining, people tend to feel happier and more energetic. Conversely, when it is dark and gloomy, people tend to lack energy and feel less sociable. The amount of sunlight that you get can affect your:
- energy levels
- sex drive
At times i think about other countries and where i could escape to but interestingly its not just us Brits that have sun issues. I suppose we barely have hot sun so we can’t miss what we don’t get used to, i mean, imagine being in Spain or Portugal and waking up in winter. I would have an upside down smiley face too but at least in a few months, we could whip out the tankini’s again!!
It is thought that SAD affects around 2 million people in the UK and more than 12 million people across Northern Europe.
SAD can affect people of any age, including children. The symptoms are most likely to appear in someone aged between 18 and 30 years old.
So as the End of British Summer Time creeps in this weekend (YAAAAAAAY ONE MORE HOUR IN BED, WHOOOP WHOOOP), I would like everyone to have a moment of silence for our beloved sunshine, Gone but not forgotten and we shall see you again soon.
I know i will when i get to Honduras 4 sho!!!!
P.S. For those who are a bit confused by my blog title, here is the inspiration :
To read more about S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) here is the link: