“When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It”: My Story of Overcoming SAD

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that I was selected to complete in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Pine-Sol®. I received compensation in exchange for providing this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.” -Unknown

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We all have struggles in life, especially as women. Those struggles can define us—we determine whether they will take us down or build us up. The real sign of character is overcoming obstacles and becoming a better person as a result.

My Own Story of Obstacle and Overcoming

Depression is a common struggle, especially at this time of the year. Many have heard of the “winter blues,” but what about when those blues become a diagnosable disorder? That’s what Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is. I was diagnosed with SAD a few years ago after a particularly rough winter and spring.

Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs due to winter’s shorter, darker days and is more prevalent the farther north that you go. At the time that I was diagnosed, I was living in Wisconsin. Winters became more and more intolerable for me. I did not want to do much during the winter. I began taking more naps and the naps began to get longer and longer. I was less productive at home and at work. I was withdrawn and unresponsive. When it got really bad, I became severely depressed. Life was a struggle.

My husband was the one who “diagnosed” me. He mentioned SAD as a possibility after becoming concerned at my condition and doing some online research. After he mentioned it to me, I did my own research on SAD and borrowed a book from the library on the subject. I cried when I read that book, because it described me perfectly.

I began to get informed about SAD and how to treat it. I went to a doctor who was able to confirm my diagnosis and write me a prescription for a light box so that it could be paid for by my health insurance. I opted to try natural remedies, including light therapy, instead of relying on prescription drugs. I eventually left my job and started working from home, which allowed me the opportunity to get more light during the day.

Once I knew what my issue was, I began devising strategies to help me to overcome the obstacle. I knew from my early research and from my doctor that the only way to permanently overcome SAD was to relocate to someplace with ample sun, so that became my goal. I put a game plan on paper on how I would accomplish that. It took a few years, but in April 2012, my goal was realized when my husband took a job in New Mexico– a place with 300 days of sun per year and a higher elevation.

Although I will never be joyous about winter, I no longer require any special treatment for SAD. The sun that I get is sufficient for me to keep the major effects of my SAD at bay. Any time my sun deficit grows, all I have to do is go outside and catch some rays. Even during winter, dark, gloomy days are few and far between here in New Mexico (the same can be said of snow, which is an added plus!).

When life gets tough, we have no choice but to rise above it. That’s what I had to do when I was struggling with SAD.


Pine-Sol®’s “When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It” Campaign: Sharing Struggles and Triumph

I was happy to have the opportunity to share my story as part of the “When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It” campaign. To recognize and celebrate remarkable women who overcome struggles in their lives, the makers of Pine-Sol® Products are teaming up with actress and activist Rosie Perez to launch this campaign. From November 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014, women across the country are encouraged to contribute their own stories of triumph to Pine-Sol®’s moving collection of stories by visiting www.WomenRiseAboveIt.com or www.LasMujeresNoSeRinden.com.

The hope is that women will be strengthened and encouraged by these stories of triumph from fellow women. Wakefield Research recently conducted a survey among women across the U.S. on behalf of Pine-Sol®. The survey results speak about the power that women have to inspire and empower each other:

  • 86% of women ages 35+ say their biggest female role model is someone they know personally, not a celebrity or political figure.
  • Women see the best female role models in their family (60%) and their communities (24%).
  • 65% of women surveyed feel they are currently a role model to someone in their life.

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How Pine-Sol® is Helping Women

Pine-Sol® wants to get in the action to help women to overcome and realize their potential. One way they are doing this is by awarding a $25,000 donation to Women Empowered, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to give back to their communities.

How Pine-Sol® Can Help YOU

Pine-Sol® wants to give all women the opportunity to be rewarded for all that they do for others and how they overcome life’s difficulties. So, as part of the “When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It” campaign, Pine-Sol® invites YOU to enter their sweepstakes.

Here’s what you could win:

  • Once a week for 12 weeks, Pine-Sol® will award 1 lucky winner small tokens of appreciation. (Flower bouquet + Pine-Sol® coupons). Value: $150
  •  3 first prize winners will receive complimentary house cleaning services for a year. Value: $2,400
  • 1 grand prize winner will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to enjoy a peaceful spa experience at a deluxe hotel.  Value: $5,000 

To share your own story of triumph and to enter the sweepstakes, click here for English or click here for Spanish/Espanol.

Speaking of Cleaning…

Pine-Sol Lavendar CleanFew things require more resolve for me to accomplish than cleaning! To make the process more pleasant, I recently picked up some Pine-Sol® Lavender Clean. I love the good scent (SO much better than the original scent in my opinion!) and the snap cap makes pouring easy (especially since I like to fill spray bottles with it and then dilute with water).

I was not asked to even mention anything about Pine-Sol® products, but I figured I would take the opportunity since I have been so impressed with this newer version. I would be interested to try out their other scent options now that I have tried and liked this one. The nice scent definitely makes cleaning more rewarding for procrastinators like me! 😉

What’s Your Story?

Have you overcome difficult circumstances? Do you know someone else who has inspired you by rising above a tough situation? How do you effectively triumph over hard times?

Encourage other women in your life by sharing this post and inviting them to enter the Pine-Sol® sweepstakes.

***Sweepstakes Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C. 18 years and older.  Ends 1/31/14 at 11:59 a.m. PT.  To enter and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit www.womenriseaboveit.com. Void where prohibited.
SIN OBLIGACIÓN DE COMPRA. Abierto a residentes legales de los 50 estados de los Estados Unidos y D.C., mayores de 18 años. Termina el 1/31/14 a las11:59 a.m. PT Para participar y consultar las Reglas oficiales, incluyendo las probabilidades y las descripciones de los premios, visite www.lasmujeresnoserinden.com. Nulo donde esté prohibido.

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4 Responses to “When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It”: My Story of Overcoming SAD

  1. I am glad that you realized your condition and have overcome it – have a blessed day!

    • JLLopez1006 says:

      Thanks for writing, Antionette.

      It was actually quite helpful to get diagnosed. Just like any medical condition, once you know what you are dealing with, then you can work on fixing it.

      Hope that you have a great evening! :)

    • JLLopez1006 says:


      Thanks for commenting.

      Although some people may take SAD lightly, I learned pretty quickly to take it serious after reading about a woman who committed suicide after a long struggle with it. Like any other form of depression, it is not something to mess around with.

      I am lucky to have been able to find ways to work around it. We all have our share of struggles and hopefully victories! 😉

      Thanks for sharing my blog post with others.

      Have a good evening.


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