Ophelia Among the Flowers
Odilon Redon, 1905-1908
Do you ever wake up in a good mood in the morning, and you have no idea why? It has been happening to me lately, and it's almost frightening. Well, not frightening, exactly, but definitely puzzling. I have been struggling with a cold for the past two weeks, and I should be cranky as h*ll, but I'm not. At one time in my life I was a *morning* person, but lately - not so much. I would be very happy if the work day started at around, oh, 11:30 or noon.
In an article in Psychology Today, "Bad moods are the stuff dreams are made of, at least according to two new studies. Dreams can fix your foul disposition each night--and if you're depressed, dreams may predict whether you'll beat the blues within a year.
It's natural to wake up in the morning with a sunny outlook, relieved of the previous evening's worries. In fact, studies show that a solid night of sleep improves mood in healthy individuals.
But sleep's effects on healthy and depressed people are as different as night and day. People who are clinically depressed actually feel worse after snoozing, since they have more abstract, disorienting dreams." ~~ Psychology Today
I have been experiencing some strange dreams lately. Last night I was figure skating on a wonderful outdoor pond. I could feel the ice beneath my skate blades as I completed perfectly executed toe loops and triple Salchows -- things I have never been able to do in my real life. I guess my brain decided it was time to have some fun, after being confined to the indoors for a few days.
My mother was affected by the amount of sunlight during the day. In the winter months she suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but in the summer months she was a different person. She came alive in April. Perhaps I have inherited that tendency. Living in a northern climate, we go through long winter months of short days and long dark nights. I have a friend who also experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder, and her remedy is to spend the winter months in a sunny climate -- Hawaii, Australia, the Philippines...
Tomorrow is the 1st of May. Time to put away the winter coats and the winter blues. Summer will soon be here.