Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD):
A mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter.

I will always remember 2014 as the year of my revelation that I experience symptoms related to winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The lack of sunlight and shorter days of Fall and Winter (and random periods in Spring and Summer) have affected me for over 25 years and this is the first time I’ve entered this difficult and dark time knowing what I know. I have decided to share more details of my journey towards solving this form of depression on this movie blog with the vision that my findings can help others around the world.

I have been encouraged by a small handful of close friends and colleagues to share my SAD experiences because it still links directly with the Resilience Resources I’ve already been sharing for years in the form of movies. Many other synchronicities have also been coming up to support this as part of my mission and purpose in life. So the timing of seeing The Theory of Everything movie further inspired me to tell my story about SAD.

More about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
1) 'Tis the Season (Again): How to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
2) Good overview with Winter Blues author, Norman E. Rosenthal, MD
3) SAD Pinterest Board

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The romantic biographical film, The Theory of Everything, is based on the memoirs of Jane Wilde Hawking (Felicity Jones) and her life adventures with her ex-husband theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne). This deeply inspiring film shows their heartbreaking and heartwarming journey together as they face the challenges of Hawking’s motor neuron disease or ALS. See: movie trailer

I was deeply moved by the astonishing performance of Redmayne who imbued an incredible sense of joy into his Hawkings character. His physical acting is incredible and his soul-touching smile throughout the film is so uplifting to see! Jones is also powerful in her performance of an unconditionally loving wife and mother. Their resilience individually and together show them to be excellent cinematic role models for finding your inner strengths and indestructible optimism.

I highly recommend this life affirming film to inspire you in whatever challenges you are facing right now. You will be reminded that your resilience is empowered by your belief in yourself, an optimistic mindset AND the loving support you can surround yourself with! Make the magic of movies part of your Resilience Resources.

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Mental Health - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates 
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game 
Tip#833: Resilience Resources, Part 13 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tip#834: Resilience Resources, Part 14 - Top 10 Movies for Inspiring Resilience in the Workplace
Tip#857: Resilience Resources, Part 15 - Instagram - Pitch Perfect 2
Tip#873: Resilience Resources, Part 16 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Tip#881: Resilience Resources, Part 17 - Love & Mercy
Tip#892: Resilience Resources, Part 18 – Problem Solving - The Martian 
Tip#896: Resilience Resources, Part 19 - Depression – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#910: Resilience Resources, Part 20 – Depression – A Christmas Carol – It’s a Wonderful Life 


Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Candice Frederick said...

this sounds like the very definition of an inspiring film. i will check it out.

Anonymous said...

Aw. The winter gets me a bit down too. That was an uplifting latest blog.

Shlom Ks

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Oh yes Candice it truly is!

Scully Love Promo said...

I, too, suffer from SAD, Emmanuel so I know what you go through. We have to make an extra effort to seek out beauty in the world when we're feeling the effect of light deprivation and the coldness of the change in temperature. However, you're on the right path and I thank you so much for continuing to motivate me through your blog to seek out those things, like movies, that will help me get through trying times as well. You're a gem!!

P.S. I can't wait to see this movie!