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9/13/18 3:55 P

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Thanks for sharing that link, SLIMMERKIWI. Very informative.

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9/12/18 4:46 A



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There are very good scientific studies done which shows that Light Therapy can be very beneficial for SAD, AND for Bi Polar, as well as some other conditions. My understanding is that with Bi Polar, the light box is best used around mid-day but there is a caution to it in that with some Bi Polar sufferers, it CAN cause mania and should be discussed with the treating Psychiatrist before using.

Of note that not all light boxes were created equal. Some aren't much cop, but others are brilliant. Also, some are better for traveling than others, so if a person is going to be needing one, AND they are going to be traveling, then it pays to make sure you get the appropriate one.

www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/light-
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9/11/18 12:05 P

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I'm glad to hear today is a better day for you. Yay!

I bought one of those lights a couple years ago. I'm not sure if they've been "scientifically proven" or not; but, it seems to help me so I'm a believer.

Wishing you a good rest of the day!


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9/11/18 10:33 A

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I have bipolar & also SAD, so I know I need a little boost. I'm gonna dig out my full spectrum light today, so hopefully that will steer me in the right direction.

I am hoping to start adding the 4th meal this week. Lately I've been working more in the evening and find it'll be past a decent time for a small meal. So just been snacking. So that could be a major issue right now.

Today I feel renewed...I got up, took my dog out, fed my fur kids, and starting doing my stretches and getting my body all warmed up. Now I feel more positive...more focused. Not sure what the difference is, but it could be just creating this communication about this issue for me is making the difference. Not feeling closed off or trapped in my feelings.



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A couple things come to my mind:


"I'm hungry, too. Not like a normal hungry but like all I'm craving is like chips, soda, & crackers lol."

First - in a previous thread you mentioned that you find you sometimes still have 1000 calories available AFTER your dinner, which indicates gross under-eating. Have you done what was suggested re having a 4th meal per day and increasing your calories? Without suficient or appropriate fuel, people often DO tend to suffer re their moods, and with fatigue/lethargy, etc. too. This could also partly explain your comment I put in " " above.

The other thing is with the change of season, it is possible that you could actually suffer from SAD. Talk with your Dr. Get your Vitamin D levels checked, as well as general blood panels re iron, potassium, etc. Given that you hadn't really been eating enough it is quite possible that you are lacking in that department.

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Well, when the change of seasons hits me smack in the energy level and mood, my best friends become lights and timers!

I have found that sticking to a bed schedule (whether I sleep or not) is important for me (so - in to bed no later than 10:30 and up no later than 6:30). I start closing the drapes and dimming lights by 9ish, start in to my bed-time "ritual" (sipping on my tea right now, just finished some full-fat yogurt with berries, playing around on the 'puter for another 20-30 minutes, then upstairs to wash and give myself a hand and foot massage with some warm lotion, and then finish with some gentle stretching before falling in to bed - with the lights on dim).

My bedroom is quite cool for sleeping, but I have a small portable heater with a thermostat and timer to warm the room up to my "daytime temps" for 6:00 (it doesn't come on if not needed - and will warm just the room if necessary). During the winter I skip the portable heater since my central furnace is set to bring the whole house up to "daytime temps" for 6:00 (and it is set to cool down to "nighttime temps" by 9:30).

I also have my bathroom light on a timer to come on at 6:00 (it shines in to the bedroom), and I make a point of turning on every possible light once I get downstairs. My coffee-maker is on a timer, too, so coffee is ready when I get downstairs. I keep a Magic Bag (magicbag.com/en/our-products/extended ) ready to pop in to the microwave first thing, so that I can wrap my hands around it to lessen the morning pain and start the blood flowing.

I am another one who finds that the happy hormones and endorphins generated from exercise are critical in keeping a steady mood. I do at least 10 minutes every morning between first and second cups of coffee (step-ups on the stairs, or low impact jumping jacks, or whatever other cardio I'm in the mood for that will get the heart-rate up and have me sweating), have a number of chores that require moving at least 10 minutes out of every hour, and get in at least an hour of brisk walking every day (often more). Autumn is my favourite time of year for backcountry hikes, so I try to look at the stuff I do during the week as necessary to be able to do the mileage that I WANT to do on weekends.

Honestly, I gave up on the concept of "motivation" a few years ago (apparently I am NEVER motivated!), so part of my "bedtime ritual" is to create a loose plan for the next day (that has just the basics of foods and chores and activities covered - and lots of room for improvisation) and then I can just follow the plan.

While I don't have any cravings for pop or chips, I can definitely relate to feeling more hungry and wanting some simple carbs / comfort food! I do end up eating more in the autumn, but I choose more nuts / nut butters, more hot stews and soups, and have more berries and baked fruits when I want "sweet". I plan in more breads (I make my own sourdoughs), and more root vegetables, and overall find that cravings aren't much of a problem.

Maybe try getting the lights on brightly earlier in the morning, dimming them a little earlier in the evening, and create a rough plan for yourself for necessary chores and food. Remind yourself that motivation isn't required --- you are more than capable of taking care of yourself without motivation, as you have already proven!

Nice job on getting good food made and laundry done, and on always taking care of your pup. Hope you start feeling better about the season quickly!

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"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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9/10/18 10:38 P

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I hate the whole sluggishness that I tend to experience. It really is a problem having zero motivation to get up and do stuff....or just to do some minimal exercising. Like today I needed to do laundry and it just took everything I had to get it going.

I keep saying to myself that I just have to get up and get something done...no matter how small it seems.

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RZRAWKS - I'm glad you already realize that you need to get moving and get yourself out of any hibernation mode. (I like your term for that.) How about making a plan for tomorrow and then sticking to it? Make it something easy to do, just so you set a healthy goal and do it to maybe help get yourself going again.

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I take my dog on 2 20 min walks daily, but I always think I should be able to do more.

I need to get my head in the right place because I think it's in hibernation mode lol. I have stuff here, but it's like making anything seems like too much right now. I did manage to make myself some breakfast sandwiches for dinner tonight but that was it lol.

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I like to designate a day as 're-boot' day. Typically I take that day to do just fruits and non-wheat grains as described in the first day of the Duke University Rice Diet. Drink plenty of water and resolve to the idea that this day WILL make it easy to take a fresh start.

I made a resolve years ago to take regular walks. It was a grey yucky day but I headed out anyway. Half way through the walk I noticed the all grey sky was actually full of various tones of silver, pewter, platinum and seductive grey....and it was beautiful. Keep getting out and doing things that give you the opportunity to move and energize your body.

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All summer I was stoked, I was active, and motivated.

With the instant weather change, I have just enough energy to sit here. Zero energy, motivation, etc. Kinda like hibernation sounds heavenly lol.

The truth is....I can't let this go on!

I'm hungry, too. Not like a normal hungry but like all I'm craving is like chips, soda, & crackers lol. Bad juju!

How do you find the energy when it went *poof* ?

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