A (Hopefully) Brief Hiatus

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Things aren’t going so well in my neck of the woods, so I’m taking a hiatus. This time I actually don’t know when I’ll be back. Allergies are kicking my ass, I feel like I have a horrible flu – it’s just my CFS and Fibro, and there is some sort of general malaise going on. Never mind depression and Reverse SAD possibly rearing its ugly head.

I really need to batch write blog posts more often!

I’m hoping to take the time to get the rest I need while being Mom and girlfriend. School is out this Friday I believe, so that will be one less worry. I am committed to this blog, but I knew going into it that sometimes I was going to lose traction because of my illnesses. Sucks, but what can you do?

Expect a slightly more sporadic posting schedule this summer. My aim is to hit Mondays and Fridays at least, but I already know that if certain things are starting a month early, then I may be in for one awful summer. Or it could be great, and over quickly. Uncertainty has become a way of life for me, unfortunately.

I will always be available by email if you need something. 
Take care of yourselves,

Raiscara


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[Personal Friday] Reverse SAD or Stress?

[Personal Friday] Learning, Learning, Learning
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I have been dealing with one hell of a headache for over 3 weeks now. Feels like a compression headache, and it is getting really old. My head constantly hurts, from a mild ache to screaming migraine. No wonder I’m feeling meh lately.

But the meh feels deeper than just meh, if that makes sense. Which makes me wonder: is it just stress, or is my Reverse SAD kicking in early? I’m supposed to avoid stress due to my illnesses, but as you can see, that doesn’t always happen. Have I crossed an invisible boundary?

I sure hope it’s not my Reverse SAD kicking in early. Too much needs to get done before that depressive cycle hits, but part of me fears that it is already too late. It’s still in the gray zone though, where it could be many different things – but I already just want to hide into the Sims 4. It is taking quite a bit for me to continue to push through and get things finished, and that may only get worse.

Generally, my Reverse SAD kicks in around the 4th of July, leaving me quite the mess until September/October – just in time for regular SAD to kick in. Now I’m in this twilight zone, and it feels like Reverse SAD, but it’s also not clear – could be stress, allergies, any number of things that have me down. Or just the shitty weather blues.

Do you suffer from Reverse SAD? How do you handle it?


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Still Struggling Against Anxiety And Depression

Still Struggling Against Anxiety And Depression
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It’s an ongoing battle, especially when it comes to me vs the anxiety. But I really hate the depression – I only have roughly 2-4 productive months available per year, if everything goes smoothly. And those of you with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders know that nothing ever goes smoothly.


But I may be coming out the other side of my winter depression cycle, or it’s just another fake out like in Jan/Feb. I’m planning again, getting work done on the Portal Series again – even showed some for critique! – and clearing some of the clutter around here. Things tend to pile up when I’m depressed, but clutter is absolutely no good for your mental health. The energy of the room doesn’t feel right with too much stuff, never mind the visual aspect. It’s like having a million tiny open loops in your brain…which those with depression and anxiety need a few less open loops. I speak from experience.


At least with the days getting noticeably longer, my SAD should recede. As long as this isn’t the spring of doom and gloom I should be seeing actual improvements, not fake out ones. So far the weather has cooperated with me, but we shall see. Still a foot of snow on the ground, yet mud season has started. But I’m loving the sunlight, even though I don’t get out in it much. Still nice to see. 

So that’s what is going on, me still fighting the good fight.

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