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Thursday, October 22, 2009

S.A.D.

I think I struggle with the Seasonal Affective Disorder a little bit.  Probably most people do, but maybe not.  I don't know.  Whatever it is, the dark and gloomy winter has always been difficult for me, and I am not myself.

I just know it's getting awfully hard for me to get out of bed when it's dark until 8:30 a.m. now.  And I have been going back to bed sometimes after the bus comes and letting Sophie watch Cinderella (that's her princess--they've each had a princess) on my bed while I sleep a bit longer.  I don't have much energy or desire to do cleaning or anything. It's just really been this week, but I worry about how much worse it will get.  I'm also kind of sad that my favorite season (autumn) seems to be more like winter around here.  It's beautiful, but I miss my October blue sky that makes me so happy.

Funny that my mood can be dictated so much by the weather.

But, it looks like the sun's out today more than it has been.

Laundry, here I come.

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  1. I hope you are able to find some kind of sunshine in everyday.
    Weather can be very gloomy.
    Chin up.

    I love Cinderella too.

    Good luck getting laundry done. :o)

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  2. It's overcast today, and I just want to curl up and do nothing!

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  3. get outside without your sunglasses on for at least 15 minutes today. It will help.

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  4. We've had real seasons here this year, which is good and bad. Good for the obvious reasons; bad because I love winter. (I know, I'm a freak.) But since we've had an unusually long Fall this year, I'm starting to get depressed about the lack of snow so far.

    So yes, I understand SAD. I think I just have reverse SAD.

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  5. You might be on to something there. My sister didn't realize she had SAD until she moved from Seattle to Arizona and suddenly felt a huge weight lift. She needs sunlight to function. Maybe getting a sunlamp could help you, because SAD is a real issue. Hope you do better soon!

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  6. You might try a sunlamp as well...

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  7. I know just how you feel. Remember the time change will come at the end of the month and maybe that will help some!

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  8. I know many who have the same difficulty. A therapist I work with has recommeded sunlamps. We miss you!

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  9. Fall and winter make me the happiest. I hate summer. I end up in the house all day long and it doesn't do much for my mood. I hope you can find a way to feel happier. SAD is no fun.

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  10. I'm sorry you have that. I know a lot of people who do. I am not one of them. I do really enjoy the darker months. I pretty much love all season, with fall being my favorite.

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  11. I hear you. Hope you can rise above the darkness soon. :) I need to fold the laundry I did yesterday.

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  12. I always seem to get SAD in the months of Jan and Feb---when winter SHOULD be over, but it'd definitely still cold and dreary.

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  13. Don't move to Scandanavia then! We have family and friends who live there/lived there and they've always mentioned that you really have to work to make the Winter bearable. Fresh flowers, lots of lights on in the house, always opening the blinds if it's light outside. Good luck!

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  14. Sunlamps and exercise! HOney, this is just the beginning, do everything you can not to go down!

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  15. I grew up in Alaska so I understand the darkness during the winter months. One thing that I read about last winter is the need for light. There is an article on Cabin Sickness that states the number of Lumens of light you need. Funny thing is with electricity you don't need to suffer. Just get yourself some really BRIGHT lamps. Like the 150 watt ones or even better the 500 or 1000 watt light bulbs that go into shop lights. Set them up and just like excersize sit in front of them for a half hour or so in the morning. You will be amazed at how much better you feel. We need sunlight to aid with seratonin and melatonin release etc. When it is dark you are tired thats how our bodies are wired. Hope this helps at all. It did wonders for me. There is also the sun lamps if you can find one. Just a thought.

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  16. Totally relate-except I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum! Too much sunshine! ;)

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  17. Oh I can totally relate. Exercise can help boost your seratonin levels which is what you are missing when the sun is not out. Excercise by maybe taking a walk outside (if its not too cold or snowy) is even better. Also, open all your blinds/curtains, turn on the lights, get some music playing. Oh... and most importantly don't forget to take vitamins. These are all the things that help me. I've heard those sunlamps work well, but have yet to get my own. Good Luck!

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  18. If your laundry is anything like mine, maybe that's what is depressing you? jk
    I read somewhere that if you eat fruits and veggies that are in season, like squash, apples, and potatoes right now, that it helps with seasonal depression.
    Try to have a good day!
    :~D

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  19. Oh, I'm so sorry, Lara. I think the sunlamp option is good. And exercise? I know it's the terrible E word, but exercise is sometimes the only thing that gets me out of my doldrums.

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  20. I have SAD in addition to the regular D and I know it's a doozy. Weather makes a huge difference. Lack of sunlight makes a huge difference. I'm wishing for more sunlight to come your way, in all things.

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  21. These shorter days seem to brinig out the S.A.D in me, too. Thanks for posting this!

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  22. I told my Mom the other day that Fall is the absolute best time of year. Nothing compares. She replied by reminding me about that very first day of Spring after a LOOONNGG Winter. I guess it is the best too! Sometimes the smells and sights of Winter are wonderful also. Nothing beats Summer vacation. I guess I like all different types of weather. The darkness is the thing I do not appreciate. I am definately happier when the sun is shining.

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  23. Ewwww. I'm so so so so so SO sorry. As an Arizona-transplant-from-Michigan, I feel your pain.

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  24. I have come to know this well, not so much for me, but my husband. It is a real struggle, and probably need to do more to address it. It's good to be aware of ... I hope the laundry helped, it always makes me feel better when it's done!

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  25. My mom bought SAD lamps last year, just felt like it might help

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  26. I have to thank Hansonpatch for her comment--that's quite helpful to ME, because I really know what you're saying....my moods are pretty gray in winter. I like a gloomy day here and there, but I don't like the short dark days of deep winter and do find it really difficult to get through the thick of that season! Thanks for posting this. :)

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  27. I don't have too many issues with the seasons changing but I do have a hard time with the fall time change. It's not because of the hour difference. It's more to do with a slight depression over losing that hour of daylight. it only lasts a week or two but I dread it every year.

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  28. I have the same issue. I have a SAD lamp but you sorta have to get up early for them to really work...but I find vitamin D and Vitamin B100's really help with the energy. Oh and even though we're trying to save the planet...I turn on a lot of lights until I get fully awake. And then I turn them off to save my pennies and my earth :)

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  29. The winter weather didn't really affect me last winter - maybe b/c it was so new? But, I am worried about this winter. It feels like it's coming so much sooner this year.

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  30. I know what you mean though.
    It is so hard to get out of bed before 8 am for me since it is still so dark.

    Hopefully you'll have a little more Autumn before that brutal winter ahead.

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  31. Lara, get yourself some vitamin D and take it every day. Also, put something yellow or brass-tinged in every room. My sister said to do this when we first moved here after leaving Arizona. I think there is some truth to it. --A. Briggs

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  32. I go back to sleep almost every single morning after my kids leave for school... clear weather, and rainy weather alike. But I blame it on the pregnancy, and actually rejoice when I get to crawl back into bed, or curl up on the couch...

    You could buy some Mums... they've made my porch a happier place even in the rain. :)

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  33. Thanks for sharing! I have been A LOT more tired lately...and a little bit unmotivated...maybe I'm dealing with a little bit of the same thing. It is good to know we aren't alone! I know getting outside helps me...kids and leaves, and pumpkins always make me smile. Take care!

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  34. I am pretty sure that I have it, winters are so hard. I always look forward to the sun. :) You can get a little "happy light" for in the house. I am really thinking of getting one this year.

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  35. Sorry you are having a hard time. Up WAY north like you are does make it darker for longer. I will be thinking about and praying for you!

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