John Halewood-Dodd column

John Halewood Dodd.
John Halewood Dodd.

Seasonal Affected Disorder, or SAD, is a relatively recently recognised disorder that many people claim to have.

Personally, I feel that many of us find that our moods are affected by the time of year, or, perhaps more significantly, by the weather.

During the winter months the weather is, more often than not, grey and depressing.

For many, their mood mirrors that of the weather conditions. How often do we hear people saying that the poor weather is bringing them down?

Some are affected more than others, and for those severely affected this manifests itself in clinical depression.

This can lead to them being diagnosed as suffering from SAD.

I am yet to be convinced that it is a medical condition but I do accept that the time of year, and the weather that goes with it, influences how we feel.

That is why I find this time of year so uplifting.

Who could fail to enjoy spring when everything around us seems to be so full of promise?

The days are getting longer so that those of us in daytime employment are not arriving at, or leaving, work during the hours of darkness.

I don’t suggest that I now leap out of bed, but it is certainly much easier to surface from under the duvet when their are signs of daylight and it’s not quite as cold.

It certainly puts me in a much better mood when I throw the curtains open and see the sun on the horizon.

The birds are singing and everything seems good with the world.

I am fortunate enough to currently live in a rural area, and there is new life everywhere.

My garden, and the hedgerows, have primrose, snowdrops and crocus bursting through, as newborn lambs gambol in the surrounding fields.

That in itself puts me in good spirits, and to start your day in that way often means that the rest of the day will continue in a similar vein.

With summer just around the corner then things are likely to get even better. Bring it on.