I was driving home at half past five on Friday when I realized that I was still wearing my sunglasses – this is, obviously, because the sun was still out. The reason I look forward to the winter solstice every year is because I know it means that not only are the great after-Christmas sales coming, but also that my favorite giant ball of hot gas will be sticking around a little longer each day.
I have been particularly aware this year of my tendency towards depression during the winter months. I spoke to a friend and she said I might have a touch of seasonal affective disorder (SAD – love the irony?). Our skin isn’t able to absorb nearly enough of its daily vitamin D from sunshine when the earth is rudely tilted away from the sun. She recommended I start taking a Vitamin D-3 supplement to see how it might improve my mood.