I’m a moody girl – that’s why I have a blog, hello. We know this.
But even for me, it’s hard to be upset when you’re having a Hot Girl Summer. Florida Summer for me is Babson Park (where? I know, I know), Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Hollyweird and Miami. It’s surfing at 7am. It’s dinner with a boy on south beach. It’s drinks with my girls at the lake house. It’s bike rides on the broadwalk with my mama. Even the moodiest of girls love Florida summer, right?
But when Summer turns to Fall, Floridians have to do something truly inexplicable. On November 3rd, we had to “fall back” an hour and lose approximately seventeen hours of daylight (kidding, but that’s what it feels like). Couple that with Mercury Retrograde and I am straight up not having a good time anymore. Floridians are not immune to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): a type of depression that corresponds to the change of season. I think our friends in the north with all that snow have it far worse, but still.
I take mental health very seriously. Learn more about symptoms and treatment of S.A.D. here. According to UF Health, symptoms include hopelessness, weight gain, increased sleep, unhappiness, sluggishness, loss of interest in work or other activities, social withdrawal, and less energy and ability to concentrate. Treatment includes eating healthy, exercise, getting enough sleep, light therapy, and medicine with a provider. Per UF Health, you should seek medical help if you think you could be suffering from SAD, have thoughts of harming yourself or others.
I was first diagnosed with depression in 2013 (though I suspect I was depressed much longer) and in my experience, it’s just like any other illness. It comes and goes and I manage it; when it feels unmanageable, I get help. Don’t be ashamed of needing extra padding every once and a while. Life can be a bumpy ride.
But as for the time change, what gives? Why do we even do this?
Well, as it turns out Floridians across the state had the same question, and our 2018 state legislature passed a law to make daylight savings permanent (finally, I agree with our legislature about something). And in March 2019, Senator Little Marco and Senator Lord Voldemort re-introduced the Sunshine Protection Act in congress, which would make daylight savings permanent year round. I’m not sure why the legislation has to encompass the entire country; I could settle for Florida, but whatever. As our neighbors in Babson Park might say, just get ‘er done (I would like to personally apologize to all twenty-three residents of Babson Park. Not only do you deal with my presence year after year, but now this).
Are you also straight up not having a good time? Write Senator Rubio here, and write Senator Voldemort here to let them know what you think about the Sunshine Protection Act. See my template below for inspiration.
Dear Senator ________, I am straight up not having a good time. Please work on passing the Sunshine Protection Act. It’s way too dark at 6pm. Love, Your Constituent