One from Prestvannet a few weeks ago. I've dealt with seasonal depression in the fall on and off for years and it's been creeping in through the cracks this week. The good news is I can recognize the signs and that makes it easier to be proactive about treating it and coping with it before I start to really spiral. I'm also incredibly grateful to have an amazingly understanding and encouraging partner. I don't want to be a downer in this space but I do like to be honest and I've been thinking about mental health a lot lately. I figured some of you out there, like me, could use the reminder at this time of year that the space between the equinox and the end of daylight savings time can be really tough for mental health; so take care of yourself and do your best, and be patient and forgiving of yourself if your best isn't where you'd like it to be. You're not alone and there's always help out there if you're willing to ask for it.
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  • cakeandvikingsOne from Prestvannet a few weeks ago. I've dealt with seasonal depression in the fall on and off for years and it's been creeping in through the cracks this week. The good news is I can recognize the signs and that makes it easier to be proactive about treating it and coping with it before I start to really spiral. I'm also incredibly grateful to have an amazingly understanding and encouraging partner. I don't want to be a downer in this space but I do like to be honest and I've been thinking about mental health a lot lately. I figured some of you out there, like me, could use the reminder at this time of year that the space between the equinox and the end of daylight savings time can be really tough for mental health; so take care of yourself and do your best, and be patient and forgiving of yourself if your best isn't where you'd like it to be. You're not alone and there's always help out there if you're willing to ask for it.

  • einkopptetakkso true. i've been struggling since last november, when i figured out i actually had had depression for years. i'm much better now thanks to the best psichologist and lots of support, but i am doing my best to excersize and prepare myself for the winter, juat in case. i've learned so much about myself the last year. hope you are well! ❤️
  • peggysue_turnerOh, I am sorry to hear this! I get it real bad in the Spring.
  • webebusyThanks for posting this. It is the same with me. That transition time when the days and dread of the clock changing so it will be pitch dark in the evening. Fighting the good fight!
  • daphneadair@gandhigoa agreed. Fall is pretty and all but it's still fall, with everything dying and the light fading. I need to try a light box this year. 🌞
  • pheasantsrun☀️here in the northern Pacific Northwest of the us light hours dive precipitously to the bottom of the parabola that is the winter solstice and with good reason we celebrate the return of additional light hours then. I join you with difficulty at this time of year and find that running is a great tool to combat the darkness. ☀️
  • noparsleyI have an alarm clock that wakes you up with light. I highly recommend that.
  • knittingiris@cakeandvikings Oh yes, you are not alone in this. This is good conversation for many. Last year I took vitamin D from equinox to equinox for the first time and it seemed to help. I did not know fish oil was good, too. We're watching for this in our children, too. Getting outside more often is my goal for this winter. Also, finding a balance between being social, and having alone-time, and limiting sugar around the holidays. Oddly, I get irritable under compact fluorescent lighting, and so have eliminated them from our home. Natural light 🌞, candlelight🔥, and twinkle lights✨are so much more soothing to me than any other artificial lighting. It seems counterintuitive, but I'm always walking around turning lights OFF in the wintertime!
  • k_expressWhy do I get a little sting around my eyelids when someone such as you finds a way to express living with fragile mental health? Because it is nice to know someone relates to how it feels for myself. Thanks for sharing!
  • ciriliaI'm on a steady diet of Buffy, full of witty, lovable Whedon people navigating a dark world. Then my day to day kind of feels like role play and I channel their bouncy resilience. Silly, but it's worked every fall for years! ⚰️
  • justin.t.brownthank you
  • kasia_andMuch love!
  • snowintromso@cakeandvikings Yeah I get that! My first two winters here were really difficult with stress at uni and trying to find a job in addition to coping with the darkness. This year seems much better so far but the great weather lately really helped too. Hope you'll feel better too soon, just hang on 😊 And yes, we searched for the cheapest flights from Tromso at Christmas and ended up getting tickets to Ireland 😁 It's not south-south but at least much more daylight with a tiny chance for some sun 😉
  • mjmucklestone❤️
  • avilajanssenI don't live in a "dark" country, but I experienced a similar thing a few years ago. Daylight- imitating lightbulbs worked for me.(also an exercise bike ;-) I have 3 lights in my room in several strengths and use them for doing art and making tiny things. they're always on, and you get used to the "colour" after a bit. Good luck ❤
  • leighsideknits❤️
  • gandhigoaI was also thinking that my colors have nothing to do with fall, and yours? Care to share?
  • handstickat❤️🍁❄️🌞🌿
  • cakeandvikings@cirilia I love this.
  • cakeandvikings@gandhigoa I actually really love fall despite seasonal depression - it was summer that I dreaded growing up. I'm not sure what my colors would be - I gravitate towards cool blues, greens, and greys, but I also think they work best in my surroundings when paired with or offset by bright warm tones. Balance is key.
  • gandhigoaThe palette you're describing sounds like winter colors to me where accent colors are deep. We evolve, i used to enjoy putting on anoraks and wellies... And i dreaded the summer too.
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