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The Dark Days

January and February are probably the worst months of the year for seasonal affective disorder sufferers. There are many things to do during theses dark days.

  • Get more light in a safe way. You can:

• Use your light box regularly

• Keep our curtains open in the bedroom

• Get outdoors whenever the sun is out

• Take a drive in your car when the sun is out

• Brighten up your home

• Spend time in the brightest room in your house

  • Minimize your stress:

• Don’t undertake unnecessary duties or chores

• Delay what can be delayed

• Don’t allow guilt to prevent you from saying no

  • Explain to others what is going on and tell them what they can do to make your life easier
  • Exercise as much as you can
  • If you are not on medications and are still laboring under the burden of winter, discuss with your doctor the possibility of starting them
  • If you are on medications and they do not seem to be helping, talk to your doctor about other possibilities
  • Keep a journal
  • Find out what brings you enjoyment and do more of it
  • Find out what brings you discontentment and do less of it
  • Accept the down time
  • Accept that winter may never feel as good as the other seasons
  • Busy some forced bulbs and watch them grow and bloom in the dark months.
  • Wait for spring, because sooner or later it will come

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