Winter blues are real, for sure! When I lived up North, I longed for spring starting in November. We got teased with a hint of decent weather starting in March. I hated it! Moved to FL and I lost 20 lbs, felt better than ever, quit catching colds. I could never live up there again. I have no advice on how to combat it, but perhaps that light therapy may help. However, when I lived up there and drove to work, the sunshine would stream in and make me sick because I would feel hot in the car even though it was 20 degrees out. So, for me, it was moving. Get a healthy dose of sunshine and humidity every day is the key to good health and well being.
Great suggestions here so I hope you find some relief. I think it’s important to remember that S.A.D. is not the same as the “winter blues”and telling somebody to get outdoors is really not helpful.
If you are having a very mild case of either the winter blues or S.A.D. getting outdoors maybe helpful. Unfortunately, most of us in the Northern Hemispere experience shorter days that are often cloudy. That’s a double whammy. Also, your depression may be such to prevent you from getting outdoors.
I have both clinical depression and S.A.D. and yes, I get outdoors every day. Unfortunately, it’s not enough so I use a S.A.D. light which works wonders.
My big thing is eating seasonally - I don't eat cold food when it's cold outside, generally.
Maybe lightbox therapy, like others suggested? Personally, I find it more helpful to just get outside for at least 15 minutes every day, no matter the weather (spent 5 years living in ND as a kid, walking to school in -40F windchills, so I know how to dress for the cold!)
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Lightbox therapy changed my life when I lived in a cold climate. Now that I live in the tropics, I still use it for jet lag and find it very effective.
As for eating too much, try making soup. The process itself is engaging and gives you something productive to do when you are trapped inside, and a big bowl of a broth-based, veggie-filled soup is satisfying and nutritious. Soup is cosy and warm, which you need on a miserable cold day.
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Winter blues hit this year more than others I think for many. Due to the single digit temps and high wind chill this past week I have been in more than usual.
To keep busy, I sorted paperwork into files. Reading a good mystery (all the time, year round, for this) Doing a dvd if too icy to walk outdoors or go to your gym. Calling friends and family to check on them and cheer each other up...... Planning meals ahead and cooking
When the temps go into the 20's today I will be happy. Cannot walk on ice and need to be careful not to fall. So MOST of my exercise is at the gym or home dvd's or chores.... Doing at least ONE thing I enjoy each day is helping me get over a BIG loss in my life also. Positive thinking , kindness to others, will always make me aware how lucky I really am. I will fight the winter blues and keep smiling. " God is good all the time. All the time God is good." (a good friend gave me this quote and i love it)
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I gain weight BAD during the beginning of winter. The Holidays always get me!
During the winter I try to keep up with as much of my normal routine as possible. I get up early in the day, run outside (as long as the wind chill isn't in the negatives), meal prep, etc....Some days are harder than others, especially if you get sick. The best thing that helps though is just being outside. Even being outside to shoval for an hour today did a lot to help rejuvenate.
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Reading these posts and I am thinking I need to look at light therapy. I always link winter with weight gain -- just coming off the holidays and when it is cold I want comfort food. I am getting ready to make some vegetable soup -- filling, comforting and low calorie.
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Very northern ohioan here and I feel you on the winter blues! I've had season depression for awhile now & one thing that has really helped me fight it has been investing in a sunlamp! It mimics the light that you get from the sun (safely, it's not like a tanning bed!) and that really helps lift my spirits and gets me feeling motivated and excited. I sometimes will put the lamp on and just do my workouts beside it as a 2 for 1 thing! If you find yourself struggling with winter blues consistently and not just during the really really cold days around here then I suggest buying one. I got mine from Wal-Mart like seven years ago and it's still a life saver to this day!
Try planning your meals and snacks ahead of time, and also make a plan for when the munchies hit. Can you call a friend? Journal about how you're feeling? Read a book or work on a hobby? Drink a glass of water? Just something to take your mind off of food for a while.
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Oh my I suffered from that when we lived in Illinois. My DH suffered seasonal disorder where he was depressed and slept a lot. Thankfully we have retired and moved to Florida, the sunshine state.
Of course that's not an option for many people. There is an artificial light therapy that helps with winter blues. Exercise is great too, if you can find a good video for home use. Sorry I don't have many good suggestions, but I do sympathize.
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Anyone else find that they eat more in the winter? Here in Michigan we have been stuck inside because it's -7 outside and has been freeeeeeezing for the past two weeks. The more I'm stuck inside, the more I want to eat. It also seems the colder I am, the more I allow myself to go off track! HELP!