Post # 1
Hi everyone, I was not really sure where to put this, but this is what I picked : )
So, lately I have been feeling pretty down. I feel withdrawn, stressed, I don’t have much motivation (for school, for work, for working out, for planning the wedding), and take things much more personally. Nothing really seems to help; I feel cut-off and I don’t know with whom or how to verbalize my emotions and feelings.
I have noticed the last couple of years that I seem to get this way in the winter. I fight with loved ones more, I gain weight (because I have no motivation to work out and all I want to do is eat fatty, warm foods) which makes me feel worse, I am tired all of the time, I just generally feel like an unhappy, miserable person to be around. I don’t want to take out the way I am feeling on other people.
Does anyone get like this, specifically during the winter? How do you deal with it?
Post # 3
@MissSooner: Look up seasonal depression (aka seasonal affective disorder.) I don’t recommend tanning beds for it, but I know people that have used them to treat it. It’s pretty common. Wiki link
Post # 4
This is very common. I haven’t been diagnosed, more of a self diagnosis. I tend to get this way as well until the sun starts shining. I always feel tired, unmotivation, and more moody. I have GAD so I can deal with this pretty well given my education on anxiety.
There is light therapy available. Like the PP said, I wouldn’t do tanning beds, but they use a different light therapy. I don’t have much else for you to try except to make time for yourself and try to go for a walk every day, especially nice days. When it isn’t snowing I try to get out into the fresh air. I also take time for myself.
Post # 5
@MissSooner: You aren’t the only one that feels this way during the winter. I didn’t even know about seasonal mood disorder until a few years back but it is very common for a lot of people to feel the same way you do. I think it might have something to do with the fact that there is a lot less sunshine and nice days during the winter. I think the best thing to combat this is to work-out when you can and like PP said go out for a walk once in a while and get some fresh air. 🙂 before you know it, it will be SPRING again! 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks, guys. I have just been feeling like a crazy person lately. I find myself getting restless, because I know I should do something, but I just don’t WANT to. Laying on the couch just always seems like the better option. And if I try to talk to someone about it, I don’t know how to verbalize it, or I am embarrassed to verbalize it.
I will try and take some of your advice! Taking the walks might be helpful in getting me back in the mood for exercise.
Post # 7
@MissSooner: I suffer through Dec and Jan especially. I’m starting to feel better now as I can see a difference with the lighter evenings. I started take multi-vitamins too as they had Vit D in.
Post # 8
@CatyLady: Fiance is always telling me to take vitamins. Maybe I will actually commit to it now : )
Post # 9
Ugh I am SO struggling with this. I’ve noticed this trend for the past few years.
I’m super super anxious, particularly about my health. I pick fights, I am just generally miserable and unhappy and unmotivated. I am REALLY hoping spring comes soon.
Post # 10
@MissSooner: Ooo yes take a multivitamin!! Forgot to recommend that! It’s so automatic for me to take mine I forgot about it, if that even makes sense lol.
Post # 11
I do! I take fish oil and a complete vitamin B supplement. It takes off the worst of it!
Post # 12
Yep, I get this way for sure! This winter has been a million times worse, since we just moved from my home in KY to Michigan. I still haven’t made friends here yet, even through work, so it’s been even harder to deal with. I need to start taking my vitamins, too. I always forget.