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MADAMMARIPOSA Posts: 15
9/6/12 1:15 P

Yes, I do light therapy already. It's not SAD yet, that kicks in more late October for me... it's cyclical depression, meaning that I get predictable bouts of depression but can't seem to prevent them.

It's difficult because I am just at the beginning of my journey, not yet into a healthy routine, although I had one planned.

Thanks for all the support, I greatly appreciate any thoughts.



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9/5/12 7:14 P

Have you spoken with your Dr about a Light Therapy and prescribed Vitamin D? Both of these can help with SAD.

Here is a link re the Light Therapy - explore the side-tabs:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY
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Good luck,
Kris

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9/5/12 5:28 P

MADAMMARIPOSA,

How do you do with your exercise when you're not experiencing seasonal depression ? What prompts you to do your exercise then ? Whatever reasons you do your exercise any other time of the year would be the same reasons you use now.

If feel better after a good workout, then why not get in a regular workout ? Are you getting bored with your routine ? Maybe it's time for a change. Why not head over to the gym and try a new class. There's nothing as energizing as Zumba. Try a Zumba class. take spinning. Do something you've never tried before just because it looks like fun. If you don't have a gym membership, how about trying a new DVD ?

Personally, whenever I'm feeling a bit low, I like taking a walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it also helps reduce stress.

Let's try this. I want you to get two pieces of paper. On one, you write all the reasons you don't want to exercise. On the other piece of paper, I want you to write all the reasons you should exercise. Compare the two lists. I'll bet you'll find that you have more good reasons to exercise than to not. Once you have that list, that's your motivation to keep working out.

Also, a side benefit of regular exercise ? Studies have shown that regular exercise can help decrease a person's depression. can't hurt to give it a try at this time of year.



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9/5/12 4:58 P

My best friend suffers from seasonal depression and can't stand the long winter days. The best thing for her is to surround herself by loving and friendly people. Find someone close to you that will help hold you accountable for your actions. Find something else that makes you happy. For example, playing a musical instrument or reading a book. Finding other positive influences will help you to steer clear of the unhealthy food options.

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9/5/12 4:22 P

Madam Butterfly, you flew HERE, which is a great start.

I used to get to feeling like you do at the beginning of spring in Arizona, because I knew I wouldn't feel a cool breeze for 10 months. I would become inert and gloomy, eat everything in sight...sound familiar?

Well, a wise old woman told me it doesn't matter how I felt, that was not important. She talked to me about duty and responsibility--to myself and others--not about how to make me feel better but that I needed to forget about feeling.

It was strange advice, but, most of the time, it worked. And the funny thing is, the more I stopped giving in to how I felt, the less bad I did feel.

I wish you a wise old woman in your world. They are invaluable.

MADAMMARIPOSA Posts: 15
9/5/12 2:14 P

So, this time every year (among other times) I get really depressed and compulsive. I know this, my friends and family know this (apparently you can set a calendar by me) but I still don't know how to stop it. I'm working with my doc and therapist on this.

Thing is, when I feel like this any instant gratification is a boon to me. Anything that will boost my mood for just a few seconds is worth it to me. So begins the cycle of binging on sugars and carbs, and down goes the priority of weight loss.

I know the things that will make it better, exercise, routine, etc... but find them so hard to actually do when I'm in this state!

Can anyone remind me how? or have any other ideas? or can even kick my butt and tell me to get off the couch and just do it? Self-love for me at the moment is telling me to let it go and eat, but I know that is not a good choice.

Thanks anyone!!



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