(Closed) Winter blues- how to deal with it?

posted 4 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I was going to recommend vitamin D. How much do you take? Try 5000 IU/day. What’s your diet like? 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There is a vitamin called SAM E and it helps replace what you loose in the winter because you don’t get as much sun. it is actually something you naturally pick up from the sun.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

@sunshinewish15:  you may not be getting enough essential fatty acids. A lack of them in your diet can cause depression. I would try taking more D (your doctor can do blood tests regularly to check your levels) and make sure you eat enough good fat. Also, you could try taking 5HTP which is a precursor to serotonin. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Try getting a sun lamp. One with a special bulb that has the same spectrum as natural light. It saved me during my 7 year stint in Boston with all the snow and the incredibly short days!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i know that here in the US it is on the shelf with all other vitamins at the grocery. It is actually more common that it might seem. I hadn’t heard of it until High School when a therapist suggested it because my parents only noticed issues in winter as far as my behavior.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@sunshinewish15:  I always suffer from the winter blues and its awful. I find that if I exercise at least 4 times a week it really lifts my mood! 

Post # 11
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Worker bee

@LaTortuga:  Oh shit, I had forgotten about Sam E! I took that a few years ago when I was feeling really depressed and anxious. It started working really quickly. I couldn’t believe it worked. There is a warning though to not take it if you’re bipolar or manic depressive because it can make you manic. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I also recommend vitamin D. I take 4000IU a day in the winter time and it really helps me. Also make sure to get some natural daylight exposure in the winter; I don’t close my curtains during the day in the winter. Also, full-spectrum lights have been shown to help with winter blues.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@myaltarego:  Interesting did not know that. But it sounds like it works for most people which is good

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@sunshinewish15:  Well I live in Canada and I am pretty sure in Alberta it gets a LOT colder than anywhere in Australia, so at least you have that to be thankful for 😛 we had snow EIGHT months this year. It snowed in October and stayed. We thought it was all gone until it snowed again May 1. Lovely. It routinely gets to -25C here and colder. It sucks. It also is dark when you go to work and dark when you get home.

I take vitamin D, B complex, use one of those special lights for SAD, omega III tablets, and try to exercise more. We also try to get away somewhere warm at least once during the winter.

Sadly I am not sure there is a cure for it. At least not in my case. We are trying to move somewhere warmer in a few years since I really can’t stand it here.

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