Just a friendly shout out to all you who deal with Seasonal Affect Disorder. I’m looking for some compadres who feel like an overwatered, under-lighted mushroom in daily life.
I know and practice as many of the coping techniques as possible – the “happy lamp”, exercise, sauna, Vitamin D, etc. etc. and some more etc. I’m looking for people who finally threw in the towel and moved – or who somehow found a way to stay in their current location. (I know that moving is not always an option). Are you in a significant relationship where the other person is HAPPY (how do they DO that??) in the gray and rain but you can’t even function? 20 karma points for any personal stories. Thanks in advance. May the Light and the palm trees be with you!
I’m not sure where you live, so I don’t know if this will be helpful, but I live in Oregon and have always had a hard time in the winter. In Oregon, the rain just beats you down. It never really pours, but it rains steadily for months. The best thing that ever happened to my winter sanity was getting a really active breed of dog (she’s a border collie). Rain or shine, that dog needs to get outdoors or she’s a terror. After we got her, I was forced to get out into the rain every night, and after a while, I started actually to embrace it. I invested in some rain gear, and It might sound crazy, but I started to enjoy “suiting up” and battling the rain. It didn’t happen all at once, but my dog eliminated all excuses, and the combination of her joy and my exercise really helped.
That’s just me, and everyone is really different. But the exercise and mind games with the rain were more effective than any vitamin, lamps, or other treatment. I saw that you found the infographic I created about SAD (thanks for checking it out by the way), and I polled a very diverse group when I made it. I certainly hope an idea or two rings true, and you give them a whirl.
All the best!
I live 2 hours north of you and I’m, very sadly, allergic to cats and dogs (and any animal with fur including the former bunny and guinea pigs we had). I LOVE your infographic. It’s awesome! I’ve run out of things to do. I was hoping you would say we need to move to Hawaii, in which case, I would wholeheartedly agree. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for the like on my blog:) I wish I could help, but I would just like to ask the same question as you:) During winter I do feel a little better when exercising, eating healthy food etc., but I always just thought I would have to accept that I am much happier during spring and summer…
That is so true! Well, spring in the Pacific Northwest (in the US) is only 5-7 months away haha. I can be a mushroom for just a little longer, right? Thank you for stopping by!
Ooooh Marianne,id say just let some tears out…eat some favoriet food (even if you not allowed),do some shopping ,listen to music or move to Hawaiii …I get depresed in winter time to ,i do cry and feel little relieve after..just my eyes stay swallen for another day but i like the look ..they loook then more feminine…then ususal.Ha ha…Be just happy you not from Serbia….hahahhaaha. Hugs and Kisses.
Thanks my dear. So sweet. I don’t feel like crying, it’s just that I have no energy. But it’s getting a bit better. We had 5 minutes of sun recently 🙂
Yes, your swollen eyes look very feminine haha.