How I deal with the winter blues

Getting dressed on the weekends really makes a difference to my mood.

Even if I’m only going from my pajamas to my grubbies – the clothes I wear when I don’t have to go anywhere fancier than Walmart. The act of putting on clean, presentable clothes including fresh undergarments makes such a difference to my outlook on my day.

Maybe it’s the fact that there is sunshine streaming through my windows after weeks of dark days, or that I’ve caught up with the dishes, or that I’ve started reading another book (Room by Emma Donoghue). But after several weeks of feeling dark, dreary and (dare I say) depressed, my mood is a little perkier today. Everything feels a little more manageable and small setbacks don’t make me want to take to my bed.

Naturally, as I was writing this, I interrupted myself to look at SAD lights. I don’t personally know of anyone who has used one but I’m very intrigued by them. I’ve never heard anyone say that light therapy is a sham. I also know that I’m cheerier when the sun is shining, so a light may be worth investing in.

Have you used a SAD lamp? Does it help? Which one do you use? Any comments with advice or recommendations are welcome.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to get dressed seven days a week.

2 thoughts on “How I deal with the winter blues”

  1. I have a sad light but I’m horrible at using it. I don’t know if it works, I think it might.

    I think getting dressed it a good idea. And I try to sit in the light that streams into my living room in the mornings . But winter is hard. Can’t wait for it to be done! 🙂

    • Thanks for your experience Lara.

      That’s something I worry about – being able to use it consistently. Everything I read says it’s best to use those things in the morning. We’re one of those families that gets out of bed at the last minute, which is tough with Sean and I doing the work/daycare dance every day.

      Making time to use the light could change that (not a bad thing).

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