The name “melancholia” comes from the old medical theory of the four humours: disease being caused by an imbalance in one or other of the four basic bodily fluids, or humours. Personality types were similarly determined by the dominant humour in a particular person. Melancholia was caused by an excess of black bile; hence the name, which means ‘black bile’ (Ancient Greek μελας, melas, “black”, + χολη, kholé, “bile”); a person whose constitution tended to have a preponderance of black bile had a melancholic disposition. (Thank you Wikipedia)

I think lately I have suffered from an excess of black bile in my system. I feel as though my humors are out of balance. I am sure this feeling has nothing to do with having lost a very close friend and my mother in law in the same year, or by the hormonal tango that comes with pregnancy, birth, and nursing.

I am usually a very hyperactive personality, with a touch of OCD and an endless supply of energy. Now I make a list of what needs to be done, and if there is more than one item on it, I wonder if I will get it finished. Hmmm….. I have to get dog food, I hope I can get home in time to meet Monkey at school.

I have great moments of giggling with my kids, but usually I am tired and I seem to be spending most of each day waiting for it to end. I do not like this feeling.

Any ideas on how to get my humors back into balance?

Oh yeah, please remember to enter the contest before the 14th!

4 thoughts on “Melankholia”

  1. Ooh! Ooh! I know!


    That oughta do it!

    My humor? Sanguine. Ask Val.

  2. Spahhhhh. I hear there’s a good one in Larimar Square . . . do you know it?

    And maybe one of those leather helmets boxers use in the sparring ring.

  3. A good chat and cup of coffee with your good friend Coni alone – we could explore some things that might be gettin to ya!!!

    Love ya girl – doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say – D-E-P-R-E-S-S-I-O-N………..

    Sometimes, easily cured 🙂

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