S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder or Sports Affective Disorder?)
I wrote about this exact same topic about a year ago. However, when I wrote about it then, it was from a very negative point of view. All of my favorite sports teams had horrible seasons, and I was feeling it. I was literally down and out and feeling low. The good news was, I had a lot going for me in my life and my family, which is always my rock and my constant, was amazing as always. At the end of the day, providing and supporting for my family is always a grand enough goal to snap me back to reality and realize that it is just sports.
JUST SPORTS !?!
Now many of you will come back with the response: JUST SPORTS!?! and that is fine. But to some people, those sports and the teams they cheer for is a way of life. It is ingrained in their being. Which may or may not be healthy. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. It is a depression associated with late autumn and winter and thought to be caused by a lack of light. There are many great studies being done lately. They show that adapting the lights etc at home can help with this disorder. If you or someone you love feels as though you may be affected by this disorder, seeking professional help is a great first step. If you are that deeply affected by the winning or losing of your favorite sports team, professional help may be an option as well.
The Knicks have been a constant let down for the last 20 years of my life. So I rarely worry about them. The Islanders are starting to climb back to relevance, but losing a star player like John Tavares could quickly derail that momentum, despite a new arena. The Giants have done some good things in the last decade, so I can not fault them. But the Mets, oh those pesky Mets.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
The Mets are off to an Amazin’ start to the season (currently 13-4, 1st in the NL East). I am happy, very happy. But I can’t help but feeling anxious and nervous that all good things will fade. I have been hurt too many times by this team in too many ways to let my guard down just yet. I am not saying this is not a good team or that they will not do great things this season, I think I am just scared. And that my friends is Sports Affective Disorder.