I remember when I went through puberty how often my moods changed. One minute I was on top of the world and the next it was as if my life was over. For the next 37 years I noticed that my moods were often governed by my menstrual cycle. Next came menopause, which I liked to refer to as reverse puberty. Now that I am long past menopause I wonder why my moods can't just be rosy all of the time.
If you read my last post you know that I have been feeling moody and uninspired. I know that part of it is my current environment (living in less than an ideal situation away from my children and grandchildren), financial insecurity, and health problems. However, these aren't exactly new problems and so I often wonder why sometimes I cope less well than at other times.
I know you are probably thinking to yourself, isn't Laura a counselor? Well yes I am, but we counselors have difficulties, too and we often go to see other counselors to help us. So I am going to go and talk about it to another professional, which is what I would advise you to do. Mood changes can be a symptom of other underlying conditions, either mental, physical, or both. They can also be a side effect of certain medications. In my case I think this is part of the problem as my ennui, so to speak, seemed to increase after they upped a medication I take.
I've noticed, in many of your comments, that there are some of you who also are feeling uninspired and experiencing more depression. There is definitely an increase in depression during the fall and winter. Many people start to feel melancholy when the days shorten. For me as for many others, who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, mid winter is an especially difficult time due to the lack of sunlight. I am aware of this and so I take steps to get more light at that time.
The bottom line here is to be aware of your moods, don't be afraid to talk about them, and please seek professional help if you find you have new or worsening depression.
Today I want us to talk about our moods. What do you notice about them? Are your moods changing as you get older? What do you do for yourself when you feel depressed or uninspired?
The nights and mornings sure are cooler, so grab a warm cup of coffee or tea and let's chat.