Post # 1
Lately (these past few weeks) I’ve been feeling sluggish and depressed. I haven’t had the desire to get anything done, and I’ve been struggling with feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. I’m not normally the happiest person in the room, but it’s also unlike me to feel so sluggish and down. I was wondering if any of you have struggled with this, and if it sounds like seasonal affective disorder. I’m not having suicidal thoughts or anything dangerous like that, so I don’t really feel the need to go see a therapist, but I would enjoy chatting with a few of you if any of you have gone or are going through similar problems.
Post # 2
I have it. I am much “lower” November-March, compared to the rest of the year. I bought a light box off of Amazon and use it in the evenings for 30 minutes a day. Not sure if it really works or if it’s a placebo- but I feel better, so why not?
Post # 3
I have SAD, got diagnosed when I was going to HS in Boston, where the winters are crazy gloomy. Nowadays I live in the Southwest desert, so definitely a better environment. But when grey days make me sad and sluggish I have a few things I do to combat it. The tanning bed! I know it’s bad for you, but I don’t stay o there long and it makes a HUGE difference in my mood. A crap ton of vitamin D supplements. I am really diligent about this and it has really helped too. Exercise. Outside. I know this isn’t always an option, but any little bit helps! My SO knows I get bad sometimes and he’s really good about dragging me outside too. Mindfulness. I take a step back and remind myself that that these feelings are temporary and that I really don’t have any reason to be so down. I write about all the amazing things in my life and that helps alter my perspective.
I know how hard it is to deal with this month’s at a time, but there are definitely lots of ways to cope as long as you are aware that it’s temporary and you’ll start getting better once the sun comes back! Good luck, Bee!
Post # 4
I’m all for good therapy but yes fellow SAD bee here. Living in rather grey uk doesnt help much. I’m certain that I’m solar powered. Having symptoms worsen a few years ago I did some research and tried some of the recommendations and they help hugely. The light box for 30 mins each morning is very helpful. It not always possible but I try to get a week holiday somewhere sunny through the winter months. It really breaks it up for me. Just getting out into daylight for half an hour and letting the light hit your eyes seems to help
theres also boring stuff like exercise and plenty of fruits and veggies but it does work even though motivation is low and carby sugary things are craved. Each jan I just need to crack that slump with the lightbox. Then once that’s working a bit get on with the clean eating and exercises then before you know it it’s spring!
Post # 5
I used to get this while living in Vermont. I live in Louisiana now and haven’t experienced it at all (or met anyone who gets it here, for that matter). In VT people used to use tanning beds and claimed it made them feel better but I never tried it.
Post # 6
I work with someone who has it, she goes tanning to help
Post # 7
Thank you so much for the insight, all. I’m glad to hear about different solutions that you’ve all tried, and it’s nice to know that there are others out there. I never thought about using a tanning bed for a few minutes here and there. I might have to try that out.