Post # 1
I love early autumn, but I loathe winter. The lack of sun makes me utterly utterly miserable. I hate feeling this way year after year, and I’ve always wanted one of those theraputic light boxes so I can treat myself naturally. Has anyone used one before, and do you notice benefits from it? I just ordered one in preparation for gloom, but a few Bee testimonials never hurt anything.
Oh, and if anyone gets SAD and wants to try the light box, groupon has them for substantially less than MSRP. $54 for a NatureBright SunTouch Plus Ion-Therapy Light with Built-In Negative Ionizer – https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-naturebright-suntouch-plus-light-and-ion-therapy-lamp?utm_campaign=UserReferral_pp&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=uu13971817
Post # 3
OOhhh, I want one. I know someone who had SAD and he used it while he studied… I want one just in case 🙂
I hate winter. Don’t know if I get SAD, but I’d like to get one to avoid it. Winter here is HARD and it is THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH. Move not to Wisconsin, it takes a special breed. I swear. I am investing in a really really warm coat so I have less excuses to get outside… but it is always a difficult season.
Post # 4
I get completely miserable in Winter. I’m always excited for Fall, and then it feels like I just get blahhh for months. We moved to Mississippi, and it only snowed ONCE last year, for five minutes..it was amazing. No ice on the windshields, no deicer…..no depression…nothing…I kept waiting for it, dreading it…..
We have a sunroom (not heated) so in the Winter I go out there and sit for a few minutes and let the sun hit me.
Post # 5
@cbee: I’ve wanted one forever too, but the price tag always dissuaded me, and I kept telling myself “it’s temporary!” but the $54 I just spent is completely worth it for all the misery I deal with in the winter. I can’t imagine living in balmy Wisconsin either. Yipe! When I was a little girl, I was convinced that was the place to move because of all the snow. My adult self completely knows better!
@MississippiQueen: Oh yeah, a sun room would work wonders, I bet! I’ve always dreamed of a solarium! Alas, my house doesn’t come equipped.
Post # 6
I searched for “SAD” in the threads and found this. Now that its getting colder, I’m starting to think about it again- I definitely get affected by seasonal changes. Something that has helped me is taking vitamin D, which is what we get from being in the sunlight. I take 2000 IU’s each day (if I remember) and it helps it feel like summer all the time. Oh, and I lost 5 lbs when I first started taking it, too. Highly recommended!
Post # 7
I can absolutely relate…I have BRUTAL winter depression. I live in Canada, and worse than that, on the island of Newfoundland. It is a beautiful place, but you won’t find a more rugged and harsh climate. During a particularly bad winter, months can go by without sight of the sun, and up to 6 or 7 metres (over 20 feet) of snow can fall on us. Winter here typically lasts for a good 6 months, sometimes more, and by the end of it, I barely feel like a human being. The idea of even getting out of bed and facing it for one more day just makes me feel so sick. 🙁
I don’t have a sun lamp, but I would like to buy one…maybe once the wedding is over and we don’t have to save quite so much! That being said, though, my Fiance and I have found a little trick that works wonders for me. It was his idea, and it is fantastic! We take little yellow Post-It notes, and on each one, we write something exciting that I can look forward to over the course of the winter months. We include things like a visit from my parents, my plans to attend a food/wine show with a girlfriend, any concerts that might be coming up – basically anything positive that is going to happen between January and June. (Last year, we knew we were getting a puppy in the spring, so that went on a note.) We then stick those notes on the fridge so that I see them every time I go to get food (which, let me tell you, is a lot). It’s called my “Patch of Sunshine”, and once each event happens, I can remove that note. As my fake “Patch of Sunshine” gets smaller, I know in my heart that real sunshine (summer) is getting nearer, and it REALLY cheers me up a LOT! 🙂
I would totally encourage you ladies to steal this idea if you think it might work for you. It is a wonderful reminder of all the good things in life, even when the weather is bad! It won’t get rid of the seasonal depression, but it definitely can help. 🙂 Good luck to all of you in coping with your SAD!