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Winter Blues & Seasonal Affective Disorder

Some suggestions for treating and dealing with Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder. 😀

 And, Vitamin D supplement, which is usually created in our skin when subject to sunlight.  🙂

19 responses

  1. The days are very short here in Sweden during winter so we use daylight bulbs inside.


    October 9, 2014 at 18:44

  2. I’ve never had this problem and I’ve spent a few winters in the UK. I have the opposite problem: too much sunlight syndrome 🙂 Ok, I just made that up. I have a theory that part of the problem is that people remain indoors and get less exercise over winter. I have no evidence to back this up but I I’m sure getting regular, daily exercise would help.


    October 9, 2014 at 18:59

    • I’m sure that you are right. I think the SAD effect probably reduces motive so that the combined effect becomes recursive.

      Some don’t seem to be troubled. Perhaps ancestry and acquired mind-set are involved.

      For Sunlight Affective Disorder, may I recommend 😎



      October 9, 2014 at 19:15

    • Thanks for the grist (all to the mill). I managed to squeeze in exercise. 🙂 I am sure that will help. 🙂


      October 9, 2014 at 23:46

  3. I think Rachel is onto something. I was much happier last winter, despite our brutal temps. Petey requires quite a bit of walking, so even on the coldest days, he and I trekked about 4 miles. We also find that the night skiing we have helps. You’re not in the sun, but you’re still out enjoying the outdoors at night. It makes the day feel longer, at least.


    October 12, 2014 at 16:59

    • Making the day feel longer is a good point. I’ll see if I can squeeze it in. 🙂


      October 12, 2014 at 17:06

  4. Living in AZ, I have almost constant sun. I was just back in the US midwest and it was cloudy everyday, like it usually is. I could not bear that anymore after seeing sun constantly for 40 years!


    October 22, 2014 at 03:56

    • Thank you for your comment. It makes a good point. We might adapt to winter gloom but it doesn’t come naturally. 🙂


      October 22, 2014 at 12:39

  5. On average Seattle Washington has 2 more sunny days a year than West Michigan. A Lake Effect cloud system settles in in the fall and does not shake loose til June. It’s pretty brutal. And, yes, I do the broad spectrum lights, exercise, proper foods, Winter sports etc. It’s exceedingly challenging to keep a positive outlook.


    October 25, 2014 at 12:35

    • Thanks for the comment. Do you find these counter measures have useful effect. 🙂 I hope so. 🙂


      October 25, 2014 at 22:54

  6. Thanks for liking my post on Late Bloomer in a Small Pond! I like yours. Where I live in the US, we’ve had sudden severely cold weather. I’ve noticed that a couple of my friends seem actually angry at it! Of course, I don’t like it either. In general, winter is my least favorite time; coming early and hard is just an added affront! What I really like about your post are the solutions you offer to SAD sufferers. I might add that it’s possible, here, at least, to buy a bunch of flowers for not much money at the grocery store; this is a mood-changer for me. Also, I have “cheer-up music” that I use. It’s a very personal thing. My cheer-up music includes an old Johnny Mathis Christmas album and any Gilbert and Sullivan operetta! Thanks again.


    November 19, 2014 at 16:20

    • Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you found the post of interest. I am sure that every little helps. 🙂


      November 19, 2014 at 17:45

  7. Oh my, Grahaminhats…how I loved this post…especially the painting of the branch. What a terrific idea…I think it is going to have to eventually be a winter blog post with a link back to you. Thanks so much for making me smile and think positive…and also for leading me to ponder where I will find the perfect branch for painting. Sunshine and blessings to you!


    December 10, 2014 at 15:36

    • You are very welcome and I am glad if it is any help at all. Please accept a sunny smile 😀 and a bear 🐻

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      December 10, 2014 at 15:47

  8. One advantage of living in sunny climes….I really appreciate rainy gloomy days 🙂

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    March 11, 2015 at 20:27

  9. Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites.

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    December 31, 2015 at 23:11

    • Thanks for the reblog, I hope your readers find it useful. 🙂


      January 1, 2016 at 10:38

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