Welcome to the Pacific NW! I have lived on a small island about 100 miles NW of Seattle on the Canadian border (on the US side) for 55 years. Light does not have to affect your workouts. You can walk, bike, and jog in the dark, and walk and jog in the rain. I know since I have been doing it for 40 years.
But you wrote about depression. Consistent, regular, exercise can help fight depression. So can support groups, church, and the light as you mentioned.
Be encouraged, as after Dec. 21, you (and I) get 2 minutes more daylight per day until June 21! As of Jan. 1, 2013, there are 20 more minutes of daylight since Dec. 21!
Keep reading SP and inspirational books. Figure out what postive thoughts you can exchange for depressed one. It helps. How do I know? I used to be depressed after a terrible marriage and divorce.
You can get through this, but be resourceful and get the help you need, even if it is a professional counselor.
You can also call New Life counselors who are free and have a live radio program, at 1-800- New-Life.
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We're on an Alaskan island north of you & we rarely see the sun. We stay busy, exercise, have positive friends (does help). An occasional warm bath with the sun/heat lamp on while reading a good book (to mentally escape) also does wonders. Do we miss the sun? Yes.
* We do take a Vitamin D3 supplement daily. Highly recommended by doctors here.
I looked into this when my son moved to Stockholm - this is his second winter there. He has tried the light therapy, too, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to help him very much. He also says it is better when it snows because it brightens the gloom. I did find suggestions on the internet to take fish oil (Omega-3) and vitamin D, it's supposed to help. Here is a link to an article with some suggestions:
I noticed that type of problem when living in a place without snow, oddly. I think that with the snow, regardless of the issues it creates, the sun shining/reflecting off it actually helps with that issue.
I hope you can come up with a solution that works for you. It can be difficult
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