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Posts: 7,020 1/7/13 6:42 P
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Posts: 204 1/7/13 5:47 P
If it's sunny I'm okay, but if it's cloudy or raining several days in a row I do start to get the blues. I have found that taking time to dance around the living room mindlessly every day helps me keep a happy.
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Posts: 7,020 1/7/13 4:59 P
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Posts: 4,643 1/7/13 4:40 P
A bit--our valley usually gets a cold, cold invesion during the winter and the air quality is terrible, so it's too cold and icky to go outside. Right now it's about 19 degrees and the fog and smog is horrible, so everyone is at the gym. Would love to be able to snow-shoe or run outside, but maybe in a couple of weeks.
There is no failure in life, as long as you keep moving. One foot in front of the other.
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Posts: 7,020 1/7/13 1:52 P
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Posts: 319 1/7/13 10:07 A
Yes, I get the winter blues. Zumba has really helped me with this. I love music, and even though I'm a clutz, even I can Zumba. ;-) My instructors all have really high energy, and are pretty happy people, so the energy in the room brings my mood up. Add to that, the endorphins from exercising, and the music, and I have a recipe for a happy me! :-D I've also found that forcing myself outside during the early afternoon / noon time of day for a short walk really helps. It's cold, but without sunshine directly on my face, I get the blah's. Oh, and B vitamins seem to be helping also! I get them from food, and I take a vitamin (when I remember) called Alive. They actually give me energy! And no other vitamin has been able to do that.
As for you being selfsh....Absolutely NOT! How can you expect to take care of everyone if you don't take care of yourself?!?!?! I had to learn this the hard way....and I'm a bit hard headed, so it took me about ten years to get this through my head. lol It wasn't until my health was really starting to suffer that I finally "got it". No one else is going to take care of me. I have to do that myself. And if I don't.....well, I might not be around to take care of anyone else. Taking care of myself first allows me to be the best "me" I can be, which allows me to take better care of everyone else.
And as for that job of yours....I know the economy stinks, but it really sounds like you need to consider getting a less stressful, job. There is no amount of money worth the cost of your health. But I've worked retail in the past, both in and out of management, so I also know that January is when you typically feel the stress the most (even though the shopping season started in November), and somewhere in February things start calming down a bit, and then your stress level will also come down. But even in the non holiday season, retail is a stressful industry, and a lot of managers end up with health problems. So make sure you are taking care of yourself.
Wishing you the best of luck!
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Fitness Minutes: (5,598) Posts: 239 12/26/12 8:35 A
I get the holiday blues - too much pressure
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Fitness Minutes: (81,613) Posts: 94,514 12/26/12 6:09 A
its so cold climate change
Posts: 7,020 12/21/12 9:30 P
Living is South Florida there is no shortage of sunshine. Winter blues are not a problem for me.
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Posts: 2,837 12/21/12 5:22 P
Yes, and I also have more cravings for carb foods.
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Fitness Minutes: (81,613) Posts: 94,514 12/21/12 8:55 A
great idea to take time for yourself
Posts: 754 12/20/12 7:58 P
I think it is blue and red. I get frustrated with people as well, and then I want to cry!
Posts: 21,598 12/20/12 2:38 P
It dosen't take much to make me cry around the holidays
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Posts: 191 12/20/12 2:06 P
Yes, and I get extra hungry. I feel like a bear that needs to load up on food before going into hibernation...
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Fitness Minutes: (41,540) Posts: 5,622 12/20/12 11:19 A
I do Not get the Winter Blues this is actually the time of year I am at my Best.
I'm Not Where I Need to Be...BUT...Thank God I'm NOT Where I Used to Be!
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Fitness Minutes: (16,515) Posts: 1,117 12/20/12 10:15 A
The short daylight hours -- and lack of sunshine so much of the time even when it IS daylight -- can be hard for those of us that live in the north; I've come to the conclusion that I must be solar powered, because I know I have a lot more energy in the summer! Then added to that the stress of the Christmas holiday season, and even more so with the job that you have... all I can say is, hang in there, the worst is almost over! The one thing I do really like about this time of year is the Christmas lights on houses, they really brighten up the nighttime and make things much more cheerful. You are definitely not being selfish to take some time to tune out the chaos and get some exercise on your treadmill -- try taking a few things off the home to-do list to give yourself a little breathing room, and believe me, the world (and your family) will keep right on surviving! It will be much more meaningful for your family to have you happy and able to enjoy yourself than any amount of decorating, cooking, party hosting or whatever could ever be.
After the holidays are over you can always do what I do -- read and re-read seed catalogs and plan the garden for next spring!
Best wishes -- Sandy
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I, too, need sunlight to feel my best. Too much darkness, dreariness and storms put my mood down.
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Fitness Minutes: (67,642) Posts: 4,534 12/20/12 9:20 A
I used to get the winter blues horrificly but I used to be in winter so much. Now I am in sunshine in winter and it definitely is much better but I miss my children.
"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."
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Posts: 27,001 12/20/12 8:50 A
I was in retail for the last 12 years--and yes, you can get the winter blues especially around this year when all the shoppers just had to spend money they didn't have on something that the person receiving the gift probably wouldn't want. And putting up Christmas trees in September didn't help. Now, I'm no longer in retail, I work at an assisted living where it is about the same thing: What are YOU getting ME for Christmas???? But at least most of these people don't understand the concept of Christmas Retail has made it so commercialized--They make us feel guilty if we don't spend hugh amounts of money at Christmas time. Call me Scrooge, but this is not what Christmas is about
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Fitness Minutes: (29,965) Posts: 27,145 12/20/12 8:16 A
There is no winter on the Equator and I got out of Omaha just in time to avoid this week's snow storm!
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Fitness Minutes: (8,045) Posts: 5,055 12/20/12 5:37 A
IT is n NOT selfish to do 20 minutes of exercises for yourself. If it relieves stress, it will help everybody because you will do a better job at everything else. I do suffer from lack of sunlight and on my doctors order I am taking 3 vitamin D pills a day. It has made a HUGE difference in my mood. You don't need a prescription, so I would recommend starting to take some right now because it takes a while to see a difference. Good luck!
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Posts: 3,158 12/19/12 9:32 P
We're in summer too. But I think that if I had your work and home commitments (I'm retired) I'd be exhausted and stressed and would end up depressed, no matter what the season. Perhaps you need to talk to someone neutral about this (friends and family tend to want to comfort/not upset you further so say what they think you want to hear), especially about the tendency towards perfectionism which seems to come through. I do hope thatonce Christmas is over you get a chance to recoup your energies and that there's some respite from the demands placed on you.
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Fitness Minutes: (13,062) Posts: 232 12/19/12 9:28 P
Holidays can be really tough to handle; you are not alone with this struggle. The fact that you work in retail probably puts more stress on you than most of us. My sympathies!
There is a condition called SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder and it is associated with the short daylight hours. There are a lot of articles on it on-line. I have taken St. John's Wort for depression for many years and find it very helpful, in spite of my doctor who says it's only good in about 10-20% of people. You might want to think about it.
And no, you are not being selfish. A lot of us (mostly women) deal with the stress of society's demands to make the holiday perfect for everyone else, along with carrying the primary load of household chores and working outside the home. Do what you need to do for yourself. And remember that the shortest day of the year is just a couple days off (Dec. 21) and then the days will start to get longer again. It happens pretty fast and you should be back to traveling in daylight (and being able to walk outside) in just about 4-5 weeks.
Hang in there!
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Fitness Minutes: (41,866) Posts: 13,278 12/19/12 9:16 P
Yes, I have a problem with SAD and have had for several yrs. I use a lamp called an OTT light a couple hours a day. You need sunlight and if you don't have it, true color artificial light helps. For many people, exercise is a great help as well. We now go south in the winter so it isn't as bad. Good luck with the stress relief. The holidays always tend to stress people out.
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Fitness Minutes: (46,467) Posts: 13,000 12/19/12 8:48 P
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I am not affected by winter at this time of the year....we are in summer
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Fitness Minutes: (93,909) Posts: 6,373 12/19/12 7:29 P
I have been contending with a lot of stress since my work involves the retail business and I have been thrown into situations where I have been juggling 3 major titles with lots of responsibilities and having to have the answers for over 50 employees who all want to make demands at the same time as customers. People I work with plus my family have seen me caving in under the stress and pressure since I always demand 100% in my work ethic despite the loads put upon me. Then I come home and contend with all the responsibilities here with no help from my guys add to that holiday getting ready stuff and I've ended up at the bottom of my HUGE to do list.
I have been trying to figure out if I've been letting stress control my attitude and energy levels or if its now more of a "winter's blues" mix since I leave for work before the sun rises and usually come home when its setting. My outdoor activities have gone caput except for walking my dogs since no matter how stress or tired I cannot compete against puppy dog eyes and the enthusiasm they have at the word or hope of me walking them.
If you contend with seasonal depression or the winter blues, or plain old stress how do you relieve it?
I have just recently bought a used Sole F80 treadmill so maybe when I get home I can schedule back some ME time, grab the ipod & hit my garage for at least 20-40 minutes and walk/jog my troubles and daily stress away before taking on the home aspects of responsibilities. Is this being selfish?
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