a reply to: virraszto
Some thoughts... First off, It feels as if naming a completely normal, rational and explainable phenomenon as a "disorder," thus a disease,
automatically puts one into the realm of a victim, followed by guilt by associacion (why do I feel it more than others, something is wrong with me,
Let it be clear: by saying this, I am not denying, nor minimizing the severity of the state of being during the darker, colder season. My point is the
approach to it, as it decides right off the bat the outcome.
I have lived 17 years in the New England area, so I am very well aware of it.
I will not go too deep into the esoteric side of this, as this is an individual trek, but there is always something one can do to improve the state of
their mental being. My point is mind over matter - while one is feeling down, depressed, cold and figuratively spent, let him or her ponder for a
moment the mind power of the tibetan buddhist monks, who up in the coldest of nights in the Himalayas, brave the darkness covered only by a wet sheet
which they dry on their bodies.
Let him or her who is feeling a bit down and drained think for a bit in that very moment of the homeless sleeping on the sidewalks, covered with
cartons. And let them count their blessings.
These are two very extreme examples, but as someone who has gone through depression I wanted to illustrate and i can attest for myself that the power
to overcome anything is within you.
You are not the victim, the diseased, the helpless one. Start there. Change the attitude, change the outcome.
Now to the more practical side of it. I did sungazing, few seconds each day, first hour of sunrise or last hour of sunset, whenever the sun was out up
north. Even with the cold, I'd stand barefoot on bare earth, sand or gravel a few seconds each time. I am NOT advocating this for anyone, as it
requires discipline and many rules to follow, but that's what I did...
It gave me energy and i slept like a lamb, feeling more and more energized the next day.
5HTP is a very good supplement to take, one can try it without much fear of side effects.
Magnesium also is effective. The one I did not read about here is Vit B complex, very important in aiding against SAD or depression. As an add on, Vit
B12 as methylcobalamine taken sublingually would help in restoring energy.
And as someone mentioned, work out, 10-15 min a day, sweat it out, fight the stress hormones, make your body feel alive to the cell level, increase
production of serotonin.
Meditate and ground yourself, gather all your energy during meditation in your heart chakra, connect it with the Earth's core, be thankful.
There is nothing one cant do and overcome if one set their mind to it. It gets easier by the day.
All the best.