Writing Vacation

September 18, 2017

Writing is my vocation and I try to do some every day. This is rule number one to be a successful author. Recently, I had been too busy to practice what I preach, so I decided to take time off for a home vacation so I could do nothing but write. I felt it was perfect timing as I was in an inspirational mood. If I went away, say to the mountains or the beach, I would feel obligated to indulge in maximum recreation or socialize, thus interrupting my train of thought. Instead, I would confine myself to the indoors and be productive. By the end of the designated week, however, despite a good output of work, I started to feel a bit depressed. I wondered if I had SAD, or seasonal affective disorder since it was winter. But I had never experienced it before. It was just a temporary lack of sunlight in my opinion. I read that this can cause depression for a while. I knew that I had been so into my writing, that I hadn’t seen the light of day for some time.

While too much sun is bad for you (it can cause cancer), a deficit can be more harmful. We all need a certain amount of vitamin D or we can develop heart disease. Imagine that! I might have made a big mistake in taking a stacation, but it was only one time. It is a known fact that lack of sunlight can lead to clinical depression (source: Be Right Light), especially if it is for long periods of time. The afflicted can feel mood swings, sleep problems, anxiety, or even suicidal thoughts. I had not gotten to this point fortunately. But I felt I had to get outdoors. I vowed to take a walk every day for my health. It would be an absolute requirement for my good health.

People who live in dark climates like Norway or Finland need light therapy I am told. It can restore their sense of well-being and promote renewed happiness. I would use natural light to help me fight my depression. I read a study done at the Medical University of South Carolina that concluded that this condition arises from a disruption of the body’s internal clock or circadian system. The dark mood inducing effects of lack of light leads to changes in the brain to the areas that regulate mood.

The walks were a brilliant idea and I felt better after a short time. It made my return to the computer easy and more fulfilling. I started to produce some of my best work. If I hadn’t been attentive to treating my low mood, I might have fallen into a writing slump. Talk about depression! It would have sent me off the edge for sure. Instead, my vacation was a success and I can do something similar every year. In effect, I will go on a writing blitz.