Seasonal Affective Disorder

“Seasonal Affective Disorder”. Yikes! That sounds a little harsh. The word Disorder is intimidating to me. Most of us would know it as the “Winter time Blues”. Did you know that more than 3 Million cases of this type of depression are treated each year? 3 Million!?

That means two things. 1: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! And 2: YOU ARENT CRAZY! J According to the Mayo Clinic, “Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends about the same times of year”. SO, if you are like most of those 3 Million, your symptoms start around the fall and can last through the winter months. Symptoms may include: “feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, low energy, problems sleeping, feeling sluggish or agitated.”

If you’re like me, you have most definitely suffered from this before. Honestly, I’ve even experienced some of these symptoms this winter. I joke with my husband that I’m just hibernating. I’m gaining weight and staying in. Don’t get me wrong, who doesn’t like a night on the couch, watching holiday movies, and eating some cookies and puff corn? No? Just me? Look, regardless of how crazy you may feel, there are plenty of things you can do to help perk yourself up.

The number one thing to remember is, something my sweet lovin’ Mama says to me, “take it for what it is”. Stay aware. If you feel the symptoms coming on, you know what’s happening, breathe through it. Don’t let it consume you. Ride the wave and know you are going to come out on the other side. To me another thing that helps me feel better is having my house clean and organized. Doing laundry, cleaning out the closets, etc. It’s up to you! Having organization and a clean space helps with anxiety and depression.

Other noted suggestions are exercise, getting sunlight, and sticking to a schedule.  And don’t be afraid to talk to someone about what you’re feeling. Lean on your family and friends and if its serious enough, it’s okay to talk to your doctor about it. And always remember, you aren’t alone and things can get better. There’s always Spring!

Susan Ingram, OWL Blogger

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.