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Question: How do you regain energy when the first round of seasonal affective disorder sets in?
SallySassyPants: My advice for SAD would be:
1. Get thee a therapy light. They work.
2. While it’s still not miserable outside, get outside during the day to get some light. Go for a walk during lunch, which is what I do. Having that little bit of sun really helps.
3. Do things that make miserable weather fun, like baking, so you can associate those good things with the weather instead of thinking that clouds mean misery.
4. And of course, if the problem is really, really bad, consider consulting a doctor about medication.
Hattie McDoogal: My advice! As someone who actually likes the fall/winter. BUT STILL.
Have a security blanket. It can literally be a blanket or it could be your favorite hoodie, fleece, sweater, waffle shirt, what have you. The comfier, the better. When you’re feeling SAD, just snuggle up with that item and give yourself some kind of treat when you’re wearing it. It doesn’t have to be a food treat – it could be an episode of your favorite guilty pleasure TV show, or just lazing around with a book, or reading a trashy magazine for half an hour. When you’re wearing the “blanket,” you get a treat. It’s just a way to give yourself something to make you feel better.
Sara B.: Music is my first line of defense against the blues. Something singing loudly, or dancing wildly to can help pop me out of a funk. Getting outside for a walk is good too. When I am depressed, activity is the last thing I want, but it’s usually what I need. If I totally can’t stand the idea of being active, I allow myself one day of cocooning with no recriminations and force myself to do something the next day. Warm baths, with my favorite bubbles/bath bomb/salts, are also rejuvenating.
pileofmonkeys: I am a HUGE proponent of light therapy. (It’s what I wrote my very first P-Mag post about!) I also make sure I’m getting enough (but not too much) sleep, and spending at least a little time outside, even if it’s just raking leaves or taking a quick walk around the neighborhood with the dogs. If you suddenly totally disconnect from being outside, your body gets all sorts of confused.