It's the last day of February. I heard on the news this morning today is the last day of meteorological winter (I just used a big word). If you're like so may Americans, winter is kind of a "down" time for you. The sun plays a big part in our mental health. There hasn't been a lot of sun light this winter.

A therapist recently posted a list online of eight signs you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  If only a few of them apply, you might just be a little stressed out.  But if they ALL sound way too familiar, take it seriously . . .

1.  You have escape fantasies.  Like you want to pick up and leave everything behind.

2.  You feel like you have no downtime.  Which is common if you have kids.  But it can also be a sign of anxiety and depression.

3.  You struggle to make simple decisions.  It might be because your body's producing too much of the stress hormone cortisol.

4.  You've stopped socializing completely.  You don't even WANT to, because you're too overwhelmed with everything else.  So it feels like work.

5.  You can't sleep.  It's a classic sign of anxiety and depression.

6.  You're having panic attacks.  Obviously it's a sign you're dealing with major anxiety.

7.  You're self-sabotaging.  A common example is going out drinking when you know you have to wake up early.  Stress-eating is another one.

8.  It feels like you keep failing at everything.  Which probably isn't true.  But if you feel like you're constantly failing at work AND at home, you might be depressed.

Don't take any of this lightly, but with the seasons changing, it could help. I know once I see baseball season start, I feel like my mood starts to turn a corner. If it's a serious problem, go see a doctor right away.

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