Like a lot of people, I suffer from seasonal depression. Actually, I suffer from depression in general, but winter is absolute hell for me. It sucks, because I live in Alberta... so winter seems to last FOREVER!
I'm on a fairly low dose antidepressant, and I take vitamin D year round (double the dose in winter). This winter has already been rough (even though it's not even technically winter yet!) as it's been snowing here since October, and the last couple weeks have been especially cold and crappy. I get to work while it's still dark, I leave work when it's already gotten dark... and I think that's what really affects me the most. On top of that, I have to get up earlier when it's snowy in case the buses are running late, and I've been getting home at least a half hour later than normal because of the roads. So I feel like not only am I at work when (or if) the sun comes out, but I have much less time to do what I like to do or what I have to get done in the evenings.
Then there's Christmas, which means money is tight... and money always stresses me out in general. My fiance and I like to be out of the house and DOING things on weekends, but when the weather and our finances don't allow for that, I tend to feel a little stuck and bored, you know?
I thought that this year I'd be less depressed than usual, because up until recently I was working retail - which is HELL at Christmas time. Last year I was often working until 11 at night, sometimes later, and would sometimes start work again at 7 or 8 the next day. At least this year I have a regular sleep schedule and more of a routine... but now I'm just depressed for different reasons.
I should also add that I do work out regularly - it used to be at least twice a week, but in the past three weeks I've bumped it up to at least four days a week (for at least a half hour and longer on weekends). I have a fairly decent diet as well, since I'm trying to lose weight too.
Any insight? It's going to be a long winter if I'm already THIS down in the dumps. :(
Maybe look into getting a happy light.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:46 AM on Dec. 12, 2013
Answer by Brawn at 11:37 AM on Dec. 12, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 1:11 PM on Dec. 12, 2013
Answer by louise2 at 5:40 PM on Dec. 12, 2013
Next question overall
I got off shots 6 months ago is it possible that Im pregnant?