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I need some sunshine

Monday, January 28, 2013

I wouldn't say that I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I do notice that when we have a stretch of bad weather (either cold or rain) that keeps me indoors for a long stretch of time, I become very moody and cranky. That is where I am today. I am just feeling generally anxious, like I am on the brink of crying for no real reason. We have had run of really cold weather. So I haven't been taking my walks at lunch. Those breaks are so key to my mental health. Simply getting away from my desk, but staying inside is not the same thing. A few minutes ago, I was checking something on my calendar and got so upset. I always look forward to my kettlebells class at noon on Mondays. That class, more than any other, sets the tone for how the week will go. It popped up that I had a dentist appointment at noon instead. I was so mad that I would schedule it for this time. Turns out, that I was looking at the wrong date. The dentist appointment isn't until Thursday. But for the brief moment when I thought this is true, I was mad and wanted to cry all at the same time. This weekend, I couldn't psych myself up for a run, so I decided to jump rope instead. After about 20 minutes, I stopped jumping at the end of a song and noticed that my jump rope, which is made of wire encased in plastic, had broken in two. I don't know if it was the cold or the hard slapping against the ground, but I had never heard of a jump rope breaking that way before. It is suppose to warm up this week and it cannot come too soon for me. I hate feeling so out of sorts.
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    I'm here * raises hand* :) emoticon My friends call me Sunshine and Smiley. emoticon LOL

    No Really ma'am, What do you do to treat yourself?
    Terrarium garden with a View poster behind it ? You know like a sunny place, rainbow, mountain, whatever you like.
    I had a girlfriend who put in Mama Mia and sung along with the movie.
    When my partner is gone, I do my "Risky Business" impression.
    Sing and act silly while cleaning the house.
    When you act silly/ happy even when you don't feel like it. You will. This all helps to stop the winter blues.
    When I am feeling really down and depressed. I take care of our rescued animals then make up boxes of food to donate.
    As long as I don't focus on "me", "ego", "self". The minute I do something totally anonymous to another. One's winter blues lift. I whole-heartedly promote random acts of kindness.
    Whatever you do. If your heart is in it. There will be no room for clouds.

    1906 days ago
    OMG! I can relate to this! Today we had Dr appt's and we had gotten snow and freezing rain late yesterday and overnight so we left way too early, drove an hour, had our appts and then followed with other appts and obligations. Turns out it had gotten up in the upper 30's maybe low 40's and of course up until a couple days ago we couldn't get above zero so this would have been heaven...but we couldn't be out for walks/runs etc and my husband and I were both ready to pout about that. LOL Well I guess the rain and freezing rain are coming in tonight and this weekend it's supposed drop down into the deep freeze again. If I were a groundhog I would not only head back into my burrow but I would probably dig deeper. I want spring!! sigh

    Hope you can get a dose of sunshine and then we can all hope for an early spring right?
    1908 days ago
  • HHB4181
    I know, it's been so cold here! I went to the gym on Saturday for a half hour, just to get out of the house and do something! Wednesday looks great!
    1908 days ago
  • BMELT2013
    I have the same problem during the winter. I've been reading a lot about the role of vitamin D. Your body gets vitamin d from the sunlight and from many foods. I've been trying to get outdoors more and I've been taking fish oil. Fish oil has a lot of vitamin d in it, way more than milk. I've been taking the fish oil for about four days now. And I seem to be feeling a little more refreshed and happy. I've also been taking vitamin b complex. Thankfully Spring is just around the corner. I hope you start feeling better soon.
    1908 days ago
    I totally get this. I'm much the same which is sorta difficult considering I'm in the rainy Pacific NorthWest! I learned eventually though that I had to say to h*ll with the rain and just get outside regardless. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it.
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    1908 days ago
    I was just telling my husband that I can tell the difference in everyone's mood when we get a sunny day vs. the gloomy days winter has to offer. We had a sunny day on Friday & it made such a difference in everyone's mood.

    I hope you feel better & hope some sunshine is on the way!

    1908 days ago
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