Saturday, 5 February 2011

Announcing my new website,

I finally got my own domain,, where I will try to give help and tips about blogging. The site will target mainly the newbie bloggers.

However, this site, Life in the UK, will still be here. It won't move to the new domain.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The SAD Phenomenon

Seasonal Affective Disorder, a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Britons. I have never fathomed the depth of this disease until I almost got one. I was on the brink of depression.

It started very slowly and picked up as winter got worse. I badly wanted the sun on my skin but because of my work hours I couldn't.  In the morning when I got to work it was dark and when I got home it's dark again. When the sun comes out during the day I was stuck at my work. How depressing that was!

Getting up in the morning was a struggle and feeling the beat of cold wind was teeth-gritting. I freakin' hated it until now!

I was stressed by basically everything. I worried too much and was very touchy. I cried day and night and was always uttering, "I wanna go home!" As if that was not enough I developed middle insomnia. My body was clearly telling me to give up but my head was saying, "I can do this. I'll be fine". As a result of this tension, my body started to manifest symptoms of anxiety. For the third time in just two weeks, I visited a GP and asked for help.

Am I getting crazy?

What the doctor told me raised an alarm. He advised me to go for a counselling session. That was my turning point. I knew I had to do something about it. I decided not to go back to work (for the meantime). Meanwhile I planned for an alternate route. I had to to change job. Anyway, to make the long story short, when I got back to work, my contract was terminated. I have crossed over the allowed sick-leave for a temporary worker. At least I'm not guilty that I quit my job for lack of enthusiasm. I'm not guilty being fired because of delinquency. I was not fit to work.

Stress-free life

For the meantime I am focusing on my alternate route. No stress, no worries. I don't get to hear the stupid alarm in the morning. I work when I want, play piano when I'm bored, feel the sunshine on my skin when it's out. Money? Who cares. I'm stress-free and that's what matters most.