I've been lurking til now
I appreciate this thread. REALLY wish I didn't need to be here though, which I'm sure y'all understand and won't take offence to
I get SAD every year but only realized it two years ago. I used to think it was post-Christmas letdown but finally realized that Christmas was just postponing the winter doldrums. Usually Christmas pulls me through so I'm at least up til after but this year dear old mom picked a fight with my 7 year old and me a few days before the holiday so I spent most of the weekend near tears or angry. I was plunged pretty much off the deep end and didn't get the Christmas high I usually enjoy. Ok, enough depressing stuff
I take a bunch of supplements for PMS issues so I've pretty much tripled them. I take the same (sometimes double) of the 5-HTP and a single dose of B complex and floradix with iron but I've tripled my normal dose of fish oil, flax seed oil and evening primrose. I'm not saying I feel like dancing, but it definitely helps and I'm a lot better off than I was Christmas weekend.
A few days ago as I lay in bed nursing Owen his breakfast, I happened to pull aside the window curtain to see what was going on. Even though it was a dreary day, light came streaming in on my face. So now each morning I've been holding the curtain open so the sun is on my face while he nurses. It's a good 15 minutes at least, sometimes 1/2 an hour. Call me crazy, but I think having that dose of light first thing in the morning is helping.
Of course, there hasn't *been* much sun since we have rain and gray clouds for days now
: I actually like rain, but I'd really prefer to see some sun right now.
I'm also making an effor to listen to some upbeat music. I just started a thread in Music (whatever that folder is called) asking for suggestions to burn a mix CD. Robert noticed I've been listening to all angry/violent/screaming music or sad/depressing/death music. Hmmmmm, not such a good idea right now, huh?
Oh, and lots of chocolate
I buy unsweetened chocolate (ghiradelli's - my big splurge) and pour some agave syryp on it. Works wonders
Someone mentioned a vacation. That sounds like a great idea! We can't afford it this year but we've never been on a family vacation so I think I'll start putting aside money now to go somewhere next January (since I know I'll be depressed then too - sigh). Maybe a week somewhere where there is sun would help. At the least, we'll get a family vacation out of it. Hey, maybe Disney
Don't they have all sorts of specials in January? (we homeschool so no school schedule to worry about).