Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Are You a Victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Part 2

With the approach of winter, it is typical for SAD sufferers to struggle in their emotional, mental, and physical health. They may have difficulty dealing with the most ordinary tasks of daily life and experience a vague melancholy. Not only are they depressed, but they feel sluggish and irritable. They oversleep, crave carbohydrates, and overeat, according to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. In contrast, these same people may feel elated, active, and energetic during the summer months.

What causes SAD, sometimes called "the winter blues?"  The consensus seems to be that inadequate sunlight is the culprit.  Natural light is just as important to the body as proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise, and plays a vital part in synchronizing the body's daily biological clock. When mornings are dark and gloomy, some individuals don't receive a strong enough light signal to get them going. This results in chemical changes in the brain. SAD is more prevalent in Canada and the northern United States, where fall and winter are longer. However, although most of the literature refers to more northern districts, such as Alaska and Michigan, SAD also seems to affect people farther south, but to a lesser degree.

There may be another reason more people do not recognize SAD as the cause of their symptoms.  During November and December the holidays bolster their spirits and carry them through until New Year's. They may be well into January before they realize they are depressed or anxious and that they don't have the energy or attitude they had during the warmer months. Before the SAD victim gets around to seeing a professional, spring has arrived and he feels better. To complicate things even more, some may attribute their lack of energy and blue mood to other causes, such as finances, a death in the family, or another stress factor that may be coinciding with the seasonal component. Once spring arrives, it is easier to cope with the stresses of life and the problem with depression seems to be resolved.

My next installment of Are You a Victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder? will examine some solutions for SAD sufferers.
                                                                                                               © Laura Allen Nonemaker

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Are You a Victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Many parts of the country are entering the fall season, which I consider one of  the most beautiful times of the year. The trees are an outrageous pageant of color and the sun sheds a special glow across the entire countryside. Festivals, hayrides, and apple cider entice our senses to taste life and savor its goodness. Thanksgiving will usher in homecomings, pumpkin pie and frosty mornings. Christmas waits in the wings with its collage of twinkling lights, family celebrations, and warm memories.
In spite of the charm and appeal of the changing seasons, some people see it as the harbinger of an annual struggle with overwhelming fatigue and blue moods. As shadows lengthen and days grow shorter, many battle emotional swings and lack of energy. Once the holidays are behind them, they begin a desperate countdown to spring. These individuals, and I formerly was among them, are often victims of a syndrome called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

In the coming days, I will share some information gleaned from my own research into SAD, as published in the December 2003 issue of Kentucky Monthly Magazine under the title, Fighting the Winter Blues. Whether you suffer from SAD or you know someone who does, I invite you to return to Digging In God’s Garden and dig deeper into this subject. 

                                                                                           © Laura Allen Nonemaker

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thanks To All Who Made Benny's Angel Book Signing Successful!

My first book signing for Benny's Angel: A God's Secret Garden Adventure was a success and a blessing. What a joy it was to read the book for the children, who included my own great-granddaughters! All the children enjoyed coloring the printouts of Benny Bunny and Marietta the Angel that we made available to them. The adults were gracious with their response when I shared my experiences leading up to the birth of the book. The question and answer session was lively, enabling me to share the positive experiences I have had with Tate Publishing & Enterprises during the production of Benny's Angel. I am looking forward to several more pre-launch events that are scheduled for September and October. Stay tuned for dates and times.

                                                                                 ~ Laura Allen Nonemaker

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Laura's First Book Signing as Reported by Crystal A. Murray

Crystal A Murray
Our Louisville Christian Writers meeting with Laura talking about the publication of her new book. This is a cell phone shot, so not as clear as others I took with the regular camera, but if you can see her cute garden table in the background, it looks really good. And her story, a bit of a Garden of Eden allegory, was enjoyable to listen to her read from. A great success I would say.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Don't Miss the First Book Signing for Benny's Angel!

You are invited to the first book signing of Benny's Angel: A God's Secret Garden Adventure. Author, Laura Allen Nonemaker will read for children in attendance. She also will share the unusual events surrounding the birth of her children's book and its journey through publication.

This delightful tale uses animals, nature, and a visit from an angel to teach children the importance of prayer and the value of trusting God. Benny and his secret garden friends promise to find a special place in the hearts of children everywhere.

        Date:  Saturday, September 10
        Place: Audubon Hospital Community Room L2       
         Time:  4:30 pm  Laura will do a reading for the children
                  5:00 pm  Dinner available in cafeteria
                  6:00 pm  Laura speaks 
                         Book signing before and after meeting