I don't have personal experience but I have a family member in Seattle- she said the university has a light room to help them through the icky months and she bought one of the light therapy lamps for herself- she said it helps her!
I was never diagnosed with SAD, but every year at the end of summer I would start to get depressed about the coming cold and darkness. Fall was my least favorite season because it led to winter lol. By the time late January rolled around I was a mess, sleeping too much, not taking care of myself the way I should, and I just felt angry, cranky and unmotivated in general.
In the past two years, I have developed an interest in winter activities. I learned to ice skate, I got snowshoes, I learned to snowboard, and I started going winter camping. I have learned to really appreciate how beautiful snow and cold can be, and with the right warm clothing being outside is no longer torture. I no longer feel cooped up indoors for months, and now I actually look forward to the winter.
These activities allow me to be outdoors exercising during daylight hours so I am getting more sunshine and physical activity, and focusing more on eating right too. It has gone a long way toward helping me through what can be a very tough time of year.
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So, my Dr. and I are 99.9% sure that I, like many, suffer from this disorder as the days become shorter and cooler. My energy, motivation, mood and sleep pattern changes so dramatically not to mention my crazy increase in appetite for the wrong foods. I wonder if there are others here who have pin pointed this out and what you have done to combat it that works.
Currently, I try to maintain a positive attitude, get fresh air and exercise every day. I take vitamin D, B12, iron chia seeds, fish oil supplements and do my best to eat well. I've recently been gifted a therapy lamp and will try to sit under this for a combined 30 mins every day. Has anyone else had any luck with light therapy?
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