By Karen Saddler-Presley

Ladies, don’t let yourselves wither and fade like the leaves on the trees this winter. Keeping yourselves active and social will help keep you from getting SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that occurs in relation to the seasons, most commonly the beginning of winter. It appears during the colder months of the year, and symptoms tend to be at their worst in January and February, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms of SAD include fatigue, a lack of interest in usual activities, social withdrawal, weight gain and a craving for foods high in carbohydrates, according to the association.

So if you find yourselves really tired all of the time; not thrilled about another day of work or duties; blowing off your friends invitations; or your pants are getting too tight because you are eating a lot of pasta and bread for no apparent reason, it may be possible you are SAD and don’t even know it. Don’t worry ladies we are halfway through January and March is right around the corner. Also, there are ways to combat depression; seasonal or otherwise. So step out of your box a little this season and spark up a new interest. Pick an activity from the list below and convince yourself to make it there; remember, getting off the couch is half the problem.

Soul Food Writers Fair
is January 27 at the African American Museum at 579 Lincoln Av. There will also be an Art Expo there March 3-24 featuring African American artists from Evansville.

Evansville Civic Theatre is currently showing “Fame the Musical” with more performances January 20 and 21at 8:00pm and a 2:00pm show on January 22nd. Also, one of my favorites, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with show dates March 2,3,9,10,16,17 at 8pm, and March 11 and 18 at 2pm.

Join a club-“The Spirit of Women”- at Deaconess Hospital sounds like a good place to call, (812)842-4200. Register to become a member. According to the website, lifetime membership is absolutely free and you will become part of a support system for women of all ages and their families.

Native American Fine Arts Market will hold a fine arts bazaar March 24 and 25 at Angel Mounds State Historic Site located at 8215 Pollack Av., Admission is $5.00 and art will be for show and sale at the event.
But I have always agreed that humor is the best medicine.

“Fluffy” man Gabriel Iglesias will be performing at “The Centre” Sunday March 25, at 7:00pm.