I've tried the light therapy and in the past, I tried anti-depressants. I've done some vitamin supplimentation, which included D3. Nothing really seemed to help much except getting outside and exercising. But that's just what the depression makes difficult. It's an awful cycle.
The only thing that has made a difference is to keep myself active. I try to take classes (usually drawing or painting) or to join some group, theater or choral. Something to keep me from just sitting at home eating and drinking. The past few years I have been doing a lot of traveling during the winter for trade shows, that helps because it reduces the monotony. It also breaks up the season into parts, which somehow seem managable. Often these trips include destinations to California or Florida, where the weather is more condusive to exercising outside.
Thanks for the concern and I hope your friend finds her way through the dark! :-)
I tend to find this time of year rather difficult too. I also find that getting outside helps. I don't think it's wise for me to be involved in any regular activities yet, but family commitments and the basic necessities of life (and church on Sunday when I can) get me out of the door fairly often. Hopefully by next year, I will have recovered enough to actually join something.
Are you in any groups this year, or is it just the trade shows going on? Can you recruit your wife to go for walks with you, or at least gently encourage you to get out? Or even the Boy?
It was a quiet weekend, My oldest boy and I helped one of my cousins move and as a thank-you they made us a beautiful Prime Rib dinner! It was incredible... That end of the family has the best parties, nothing really presumptuous, just good food and good cheer and they are genuinely happy to be in each others company. It's a nice way to be.
It cheered me up considerably. :-)
That sounds positively lovely! So glad you got to partake of some really yummy food made by someone else - to me that is even more fun than food that I made that is delicious. THere is always the surprise element for your taste buds when someone else makes it (and of course the labour that goes into it) and then the added benefit of nice and happy people. Great :)
That sounds like my favourite kind of event. Unpretentious, comfortable, and one for which you don't have to plan anything, because people are so glad to be together they will very happily gab all evening. It just doesn't get any better than that.
There has been kind a weird thing about moving to a village in Maine - the winter is a very busy time. Summer is absolutely frenetic with the tourists and summer people, but in the winter there are so many activities that one could be out and about all of the time. I could sing in a choir every night, see a film, go to book club, make Red Cross packages, cook lunch for shut-ins...you get the idea. Lots of winter sports here too, as you might imagine. I have snowshoes, a favorite of a couple of my friends. Thinking about cross country skis. Of course I can't do very much as I am gainfully employed, thank heavens for that.
But I hopeyou have a great winter and being primal will help with everything from dealing with darkness and the inevitable bad things like theft, and continued weight loss. Imagine all the great new clothes you will be able to have next summer! Does this only work for females? :)
LOL! For the most part, yes. Men do want to feel good in their clothes though. "Imagine wearing a polo shirt with no gut hanging over your belt!" That will do it. "Imagine your six-pack. Imagine your biceps." That does it pretty well too.
I think "Northerners" (because North is relative) have learned how to deal with winter. And even a couple of centuries ago, it was by doing all the things they didn't have time to do in the summer, with all its agricultural chores keeping them going. So they did their crafts and sang in their choirs and had their socials. Excellent strategy, all in all.
I have cross-country skis in the basement. I have used them only a handful of times. Persuaded my then-fiance to buy some too so we could have an activity together. We went once. Then an ice storm coated all the snow with a thick layer of ice, and we never got another decent snowfall. The next year we were married, and I was pregnant. We never used them again. I have no idea what happened to my boots, and if I bought some now, I would probably find out that they were unusable with my ancient new skis. *sigh*
Yes, I like to feel good in my clothes. I still have more of a keg than a six pack...
It seems like I'm okay up to Christmas, busy with Holiday Nonsense. It's January and February that are hardest. Fitting activities in that require regular commitments (like theater or Choir) are hard because of my travel schedules. Drawing classes are okay because the only one who suffers from my absense is me.
I also have a couple of pairs of Cross-country skis, also purchased with different significant others... It must be a thing. Last year I was in too poor a shape to do much, this year it will be better as long as we get good snow.
SWMBO goes up to Maine every year near Christmas to ski with her SIL. I would rather stab my face with a table fork repeatedly and then plunge my bloody face into rubbing alcohol then dry it off by setting a match to it than to spend even one day with her SIL.
So I don't go.
Wow, I'm going to stay away from Sugarloaf when SIL is there! I have a BIL like that. I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than spend a day with him.
I think a lot of people buy X-country skis and use them maybe once. I can probably pick up a good not-very-used pair. I actually bought the snowshoes for the actual practical reason that we do occasionally get snowed in here and they can come in handy. After our minor hurricane Sandy incident, I want to be able to make it down our road to the main road at least. I am the only person on our 'compound' with a cell phone, believe it or not - these folks are very old-fashioned - and it was the only working phone for five days. My new car luckily has a plug-in that charges a cell phone whether or not the car is on, very nice.
That charger is a great idea. SWMBO's iPad was the only way she could get on the net while I was living the good life in Minnesota during the storm. She has a charger thingy for the car that fits into the cigarette lighter, but the car has to be running for it to work.
We got one of those little radios that you crank and it is supposed to be able to charge a phone. Here's how it works, you simply plug the phone charging cord with a USB connector into the radio's port, then with one hand you hold the radio, with your other hand you crank like a maniac for a long time.
Then with your third and forth hands you can pick up and operate your phone. Or you can try to enlist your seven year old boy to do the cranking, or the phone operating. With any luck you will be able to just about charge the phone enough to make a single call to your significant other who went to Minnesota leaving you to fend for yourself in the dark and scream at him.
I suppose I will need to donate to public radio so I can get a better cranky radio charger to avoid a cranky SWMBO.