Autumn Depression?

@soleya (1102)
Latvia
October 10, 2007 10:19am CST
Hello all my MyLot friends! How are you doing during these cold and grey autumn days? How your life is different from the one during hot summer? Mine is terrible, I can't stand the cold and the constant rain makes me feel really depressed. Do you have any ideas how to overcome the autumn depression?
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
10 Oct 07
Here in India , we don't have autumn, the three seasons are summer, winter and rainy. So no rain during winter, its only cold, so not much problem. We spend free time in blankets, and eating spicy food, which cannot be tasted in summer due to that tremendous heat.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
10 Oct 07
The saying for Minnesota USA is, "We have 2 seasons. Winter and road construction." HAHAHAHA!!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
10 Oct 07
Thank you for your response.
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Even I wish I knew this one... It's been so cold and none stop raining here it is depressing... I am not exactly sure how to really over come this either.. Though I wish I knew.. A bit of Sun shine and warmth would be great that's for sure... The Summer was really hot here like 95+ and than the temps drop in a heart beat to 40+ Yuck that's all I have to say! Hopefully someone will have a suggestion on how to overcome this!
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
10 Oct 07
The same situation here. I think it is the perfect time to plan a gateway.
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• United States
10 Oct 07
I think so too, like a weeks vacation somewhere warmer and than were able to enjoy the warmth of the sun and actually be able to move around with out having to get up and where you last sat gets instantly cold... The thought is just to nice...lol
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
well, one day it can be our reality. actually my dream is to have enough money, so that I could live during summer in my home country and during other seasons somewhere where is hot, like on Bahamas or in Australia.
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@kevere26 (223)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I guess I'm the odd ball here. My depression hits in the spring then subsides in the summer. A lot of people have SAD but I'm the opposite. Too much sun makes me manic and depression usually follows. Thank goodness I'm a night owl and can limit my exposure to light. A family member of mine has SAD. She got a light bulb that apparently gives off the same kind of light the sun does. It works wonders for her during autumn and winter. And you can't beat chocolate for helping with the blues!
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
well, everyone is so different. We all need to find something that suits us and make us happy.
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@kevere26 (223)
• United States
13 Oct 07
I agree. Whatever it takes to make us feel better is the best thing to do.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Oct 07
Apart from moving to a warmer climate, I would say to go out more, get a good umbrella, and warm clothes. I think there are certain types of lamps for S.A.D. assuming that is what you have. I have not used them, as here we do have sunny days, but it is so blasted cold in the winter. Anyway just in case my husband is all for it, I am saving money so we can move south to the States or at least join the Snow Bird club.
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
17 Oct 07
Thank you so much for your response. I think moving to the south States is a good idea.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
12 Oct 07
I suffer S.A.D and the grey days really get me down. It is unfortunate that I live in England where we have 10 months of grey and damp blessed be
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
Yes, I can understand you as I live in Latvia and it is also 10 months of grey and damp.
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@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
10 Oct 07
I am feeling about the same my friend the weather and the added headaches in my life right now seem to be bringing me down alot lately. I only have this for advice as it is what i do do things that make you happy even if you dont feel like it and never give up. Smile even if you dont feel like it after a while it does make you feel better trust me it works i have done it. Cheer up my friend thanks for the discussion.
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
Thank you so much for your advice. I will try to follow it.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Hi soleya! I know I often get depressed when its grey outside. But as soon as the sun comes out I feel great.LOL Do something that makes you happy. Do you have a hobby?
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
well, I can't think about any kind of hobby at the moment, maybe I should start knitting? Could be nice, right?
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@drannhh (15227)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Reading other comments it seems this is all a matter of where one lives! After a very dark, cold, snowy winter I packed up and moved far away from the geography of winter as we know it long, long ago. However, I have never lived anywhere that autumn is not a beautiful time of year, so what you are describing would be winter and early spring where we used to live. Now we live in the desert where the sun comes out, I think, 97% of the time and we start to wonder if we'll ever get tired of it being nice out almost every day....not! But we used to live near the northern California coast and there is could stay grey and damp for months on end. There, to get a little sunshine into our diet and into our lives, I grew sunflower sprouts and ate them all winter long. Sprouts are packed with B-complex vitamins and these are the nutrients that ward off depression. I also bought a special lamp for the kitchen, called the Happy Lamp by Verilux. It gives light in the same spectrum of the sun, so like a moth, I drew near it! I put it in the kitchen and it must have worked, because I would go into the kitchen to get near that light and end up wanting to stay and do housework. Good luck!
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
Thank you so much for your response. I want to buy that lamp now!
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Bundle up and take a walk outside and get some fresh air! I love autumn,so I can't relate to being depressed this time of year. The crisp air, the crunchy leaves, the bright colors of trees changing... I LOVE it!! I get to wear turtlenecks and scarves and fun clothes like that. Winter, now that's where I can get bummed out, but not really depressed, just cabin fever. If someone is feeling depressed this time of year, as the days get shorter... you might see a doctor to see if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder - where the loss of sunlight actually causes you to become depressed. There are therapies you can take to help you get through the short days without feeling so down.
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
Thank you so much for your advise. i should really see a doctor and have some sunlight therapy.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
10 Oct 07
I do love the summer too but I don't hit my seasonal depression until deep winter and I feel like a shut in. For the fall I dress up warm and go for walks to look at the fall foliage which is so beautiful, it makes me feel less depressed about knowing the dreaded winter is coming. Vicki
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
well, I somehow love winter more than autumn, don't really know why. Maybe because of the rain autumn is really getting on my nerves. In winter I love when it snowing, it is really a magical action.
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@smoke_gun (1243)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 07
imigrate to other country that has no seasoning like malaysia,thailand or singapore.our country's weather always summmer,hot,raining,would you like it? :)
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
wow, is it really summer all year long?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
10 Oct 07
I miss the flowers and vegetables and fruits of my garden is all. I now have to prune and or trim things then replant and or move flowers etc around is all. It's not a bad chore but not as fun as seeing them growing. I am not depressed just lost as far as discussions and photos that I usually do here. HAHAHA! I don't mind the cold. Saturday it was a record setting 87 degrees and today (Wed) we will be lucky to hit 50 for a high. Already have wind chills being stated also. Ugghh! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
10 Oct 07
wow! it is great to have your own garden.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I guess it depends on where you live. Autum is the opposite for me. I love it. It is colorful, cool and fresh. Down south, we look forward to it. The most depression times down here beleive it or not are late July and August. When it the temps are in three digits. Last year, we ate out Thanksgiving Dinner outside by the pool. I understand not everyone can do that. Christmas Day, the kids are sometime running around in shorts. Not aways, but we do have Christmas pics in shorts riding new bikes. In the South we look forward to the Beautiful Colors of Autum and crisp mornings of Winter, because our Sring starts again in Febuary and then in May it heats up again. To answer your question on ideas...Move South for the Fall and move North for the Summer!
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• United States
30 Oct 07
I totally agree! I hate Texas summers because it's so hot. My body wasn't made for the the heat. I hate it when my skin feels like there are thousands of needles pricking me lol. Once the weather gets cool, even when it's like 40 degrees outside, I leave my window open because it feels so nice.
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
10 Nov 07
well, I guess the grass is always green on the other side of the fence. We just need to adapt to the climate we have or move to the other country.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Pshaw. Cold and Grey Autumn days? It was 81 degrees today. Sunny. Bright. Nice day out. I haven't had the chance to enjoy autumn at all. So send me yours, I'll take it. I want it.
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
well, you live somewhere hot right? Let's switch places.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
12 Oct 07
No. I don't actually live in a hot place, which is why the lack of fall weather has sucked. I Love Fall! and we just started getting fall weather,so you don't want to switch anymore :)
@devilangelo (4528)
• India
17 Oct 07
hmm m.. i m not having an autumn depression . infact im enjoying this weather as its neither cold neither Hot .it doesnt rain here in autumn so. its just perfect :D .. well . since .. the summers here are scorchingly Hot .. u are sweating profusely .. if ya step out of house in summers ..so . autumns a welcome relief :)
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
19 Oct 07
It is really god for you that you enjoy autumn, because autumn depresions are really bad.
@lancingboy (1386)
• United States
11 Oct 07
Coming from Texas where the temperature is 90-100's during most of the year, I cannot wait until the cold fronts come through so I can open my windows! Even when it is about 30 degrees I open the window in my bedroom because it is so comfortable for me. How about buying silk flowers in spring and summer colors to decorate your house with? That should lift your mood some. Yellow is a good color for feeling cheery.
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
I should try to buy something really bright for my house.
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Oct 07
It is not cold in Autumn here. It is cooler and it is not hot. So the temperature is very comfortable.
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
You are such a lucky man!
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
11 Oct 07
i'm actually doing good with the cooler weather. I like wearing my sweatshirts though and jeans. I hate winter, but i absolutely love fall. summer is to hot and winter is to cold, but fall is just perfect for the kind of clothes i like wearing
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
well, you are a very lucky person then.
• Canada
11 Oct 07
Ugh - I know the feeling! In the summer it's warm and sunny when I wake up. Now it's pitch black, cold, rainy, and dreary. And it's only going to get worse! Once winter comes it will be cold and snowy, dark when I wake up, and dark once I leave work. And it will be that way for six months. It is very depressing - by the end of winter I'm usually going nuts! I've got a cure for the fall/winter blues - move to some place tropical year round! Okay, so that's not really realistic. For now a lot of us will just have to imagine ourselves someplace hot and sunny. I'm already counting down to summer - how about you?
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
I really like your ideas, I guess that if we will be dreaming about it really hard one day it could become our reality and we could travel all year round to tropical countries. It will be magical life.
• United States
11 Oct 07
Sounds like you need to start a hobby that begins when it gets cold. Snowboarding?
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@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
12 Oct 07
yeah! snowboarding is nice, but it is not snowing yet. Just raining all day long seven days a week.