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I tend to get more depressed in winter and DST just ended. I'm likely just having a bad day, but terrified I'll slide back into MDD.

I'm not sure what it is about winter - I don't think it's SAD because I live in Australia where we have relatively mild winters. It might be less socialising, I'm not outside as much (hm, at ALL) and my physical symptoms always get worse. Also most of the trauma occurred in winter.

Anyway, thought I would ask those of you on the other side of the world who have just done it.

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I tend to get more depressed in winter and DST just ended. I'm likely just having a bad day, but terrified I'll slide back into MDD.

I'm not sure what it is about winter - I don't think it's SAD because I live in Australia where we have relatively mild winters. It might be less socialising, I'm not outside as much (hm, at ALL) and my physical symptoms always get worse. Also most of the trauma occurred in winter.

Anyway, thought I would ask those of you on the other side of the world who have just done it.

I on the same side (NZ) but I can say that even the greyest day outside is Brighter than the brightest lighted room inside! Seriously. Get a light meter if you don't believe me.

Moral of the Story: Go for a walk outside.

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well since I have not officially survived it yet I can not tell you! we have had one rainy day after another and the misery is pretty thick around here so ...Sanddune I have to say if it were as easy as a walk out side I would be fine! I walk outside all the time and it has not made a dent in this dismal weather

I do think it helps ..but it has not helped me this year

for me it is a matter of getting through ..taking what I need to take and trying to remember there is a light somewhere but in the past year the sun has been a complete stranger here where I live so the reality I just have to make it through with out deteriorating any further is huge right now

this has been a very depressing winter her and I wish I had an answer but the usual tricks, tips and drugs are not working at all sorry

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bluelikejazz, I think a daily walk is a good idea. If your climate is mild in the winter, getting some Vitamin D through your skin is good for your bones and for your brain.

I think cooking and baking helps me a lot in the winter. It's so cold and snowy here, so I just stay indoors and cook a lot. If you do that, you need to invite some people over to help you eat it and do some socializing!

olga

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well since I have not officially survived it yet I can not tell you! we have had one rainy day after another and the misery is pretty thick around here so ...Sanddune I have to say if it were as easy as a walk out side I would be fine! I walk outside all the time and it has not made a dent in this dismal weather

I do think it helps ..but it has not helped me this year

Sorry, I didn't express myself well. Going for a walk outside isn't a cure, it just helps some.

Conversely bundling yourself inside with all the windows closed unhelps some.

My worst winters were in a country where winters were cold, cloudless and smoggy.

I'm now in a place where winters bring clouds and mists and wild weather whipping through the hills, and mountains that look like something out of Norse legend. Walking in the wild weather really helps, I consciously shrug off my cowering in the face of cold and wet and stand up straight and stride out.

It's just so so hard when I'm really low to drive myself out of the warmth. I know anyone can survive the most hellish cold by dressing well, eating well and moving briskly.

But oh all that is so hard when I'm depressed.

Which is most of the time.

Fortunately the "eating well" doesn't mean what chefs and dieticians mean. It means having ample long burning fuel inside.

I have found Oat Bran is one of the most perfect nutrients going... is bland enough not upset the most emotionally churned digestions, and is as trivial to prepare as slopping some oat bran and milk in a cup.

Driving Cold rain? Layers and layers. Who cares about looks? I wrap my head in a towel to keep the wind out.

Do I sound like some Iron Man? Nah.

Sometimes all I do is wrap up really really warm and look like the Michelin Man and then wobble off to some quiet piece of grass out of the wind and noise. Lie down. Place something over my face to stop the rain waking me and...

Sleep.

Will I get through this next winter given that the last one didn't go so well?

Don't know.

It's going to be close.

I hope all of you scrape through.

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I am still in it, but my light box is my best tool

last year I have two fun weekends in Vegas, one with my husband and one with my mother and best friend

that helped tremendously!! but that was a luxury which I cannot repeat at least not this year

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my depression gets worse in the winter. lack of physical activity is a part of that for me. This year I changed my meds around and I got a little energy boost the first couple weeks. But since I know thats always been temporary I started to go to the gym every night and thats helped a bit.

Light boxes get a lot of use for this. Therapy is helpful too. Some people go the medication route. Id experiment with what you can and see what helps.

Winter is always a tough time for me, I can relate =(

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Lol Sanddune I have this awesome image of trying to run with a towel wrapped around my head.

Thanks for the replies, so it seems the consensus is I'll be keeping up with my walking habit. I've read some sites that say it's better to walk at sunrise, is there any benefit over, say, 10am?

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Blue, if you have SAD, I've read that you should use the light therapy first thing in the morning. Maybe that's why you've been told you should walk at dawn? Dunno. I can't imagine walking first thing in the morning unless it's high summer here and we're walking early to avoid the heat of the day.

I would walk whenever you find it pleasant to do so. If you have a friend who will join you--or a dog---the walk will be even better.

olga

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have your vit D levels tested I did do that and found out I have almost none! My doctor tripled my dose last week so maybe relief is in sight ..if you live in a gloomy place like I do with no sun and the sky sitting on your head there is no sun so lighboxes seem to work for some ..I started a hydroponic garden this year and grew some food indoors it was fun and the lighting is nice ..but this has been a horrid year for most folks where I live so I can not single myself out

walking helps get you going but if there is no sun ..and BPLB can share this agony with me ..we literally have had the sky sitting on our heads gray thick and no bright light at all ...you have to do something

Olga I wish cooking was the answer as well I adore cooking ... but cooking and eating go hand in hand even when friends come over and I just eat too much this time of year both out of depression and the need to nurture everyone I know so I cook beyond reason ..then hit a slump and make nothing for weeks on end

vit d ...light ...exercise...healthy diet ..a good therapist ..drugs...all things help ..but for me this year it is time

usually I get a sun break visiting my folks and since I did not go this year the added guilt of not seeing them and the lack of a sun break has pounded me into the ground

I would love to try a light box but I figured the growlights should do the same thing and I can grow food under them

it was funny when I started the grow project ..just try to find anyone or anything in the Pacific NW that has to do with hydroponics for vegetables!!! OMG people look at you like "right you are growing tomatoes ..wink wink!" I AM GROWING TOMATOES!!! and eggplants ..and chickpeas..and lettuce and spinach ..

they always say the Puget Sound is loaded with caffiene...THC and antidepressants ..I believe it!!! We could not run here with out it ..(I do not use THC however one more depressant is more than I can handle!)

feel better and please know you are not alone ..this winter sucks ...oh and lets not even mention the news...so here you are stuck in the house being pounded by the media telling us about the relentless horrors of the world ...

I am on a news black out now..that may help you? do not watch the news it is just too much!

Oh if you have dogs ..build them a cardboard fort ..I put boxes inside boxes and let them just have at it! gave me an hour of fun!

I hope you feel better ..there is a light ..literally I hope ..

as I type this rain is pounding my windows there is a river in my driveway and it is dark ...argh....there is an end is sight

thanks for starting this thread I will have to keep checking myself for more ideas

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I've always been a winter person, I don't really like when it's too hot. so the winter isn't as bad for me.

however it's so much easier to just lie in bed when it's pretty gloomy outside and mope around.

I've found walking with my ipod does give me a bit of a mood boost, even if I don't feel up to it beforehand, I feel a bit better afterwards.

so I guess if the weather's too bad to get out, do something more productive inside, something that might cheer you up.

for example I really love reading books so if I stay in then reading all day is good for me.

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I used to get depressed as the solstice approached, but not in California. I can't use my light anymore, it makes me hypo. The winter is nice for the most part, because it is really hot during the summer.

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