S.A.D. - that time of year!
I have OCD that sometimes leads to depression. Basically, feeling anxious all the time makes me feel depressed. Around this time - usually in September or so - I start to get anxious after a good run during the summer months. Winter is a hard time where I live. It is cold and snowy, sometimes until the end of April before we start to get warm weather. It is dark all the time... since I live close to the mountains, the sun will start setting around 4 p.m. and by 5 it's dark.
The worst time for me is usually January-March, after the holidays. It is usually so cold and dark, and I get into a rut where I come home from work and sit in front of the computer/TV until it's time for bed. I hate cold weather, but there is no chance of me moving since my husband and I both have good jobs and family here.
Then there is the problem of associations. A few years ago, when my OCD first surfaced, it was in September, and I really didn't start to feel better until the following spring. I think I associate winter months with a really hard time in my life. Though I manage my OCD now, there is always the fear of going back to the "dark place," where I was crying, panicking and suffering nearly every day for six months.
I have been thinking about getting a lightbox, but I also wanted to know how others with S.A.D. cope during the winter months? I think I will need to get in some sort of exercise nearly every day. I currently take a B-complex vitamin as well as flax oil, though i'm considering switching to fish oil based on some of the benefits I've read. The supplements definitely seem to help, though, just on a daily basis. I just get so stuck in a rut during the winter months, and end up feeling tired, have no motivation and am basically listless during that time.
Can anyone relate or have any tips to share?