reply to post by spartacus699
I agree with the poster who mentioned endorphins.
And then there's SAD too. Seasonal Affective Disorder.
My hubby was diagnosed with it at least 25 years ago, before it was so well known.
It seems like most people get it in the winter, but Oct was always horrible for him!
Could have had something to do with the time change back then,
plus he was working nights, sleeping days, never saw the sun at all!
Try forcing yourself to take a walk. Even better if it's a nice sunny day!
Do it as an experiment. See if you feel any better afterwards.
If you do, then that could be part of it.
Vitamins help, take a multi & some extra B, C, D & magnesium & zinc.
People who live in the northern latitudes are usually deficient in D.
They say you need at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day
for the body to make the minimum it needs.
Do some reading on it, it helped him a lot.
Better than drugs with side effects as a first step.
Think back to when you were working & had no free time.
What was it you wished you would have had more time to do?
If it's doable, look into that for something to do.
Volunteer at a retirement home
or play cards with an elderly neighbor who lives alone.
A little company would mean the world to someone who never has any visitors!
Help with easy repairs around their home.
Fix a leaky faucet, tighten a loose railing,
even change a light bulb in a ceiling fixture.
Easy things to do that would mean a lot to them!
Nothing makes you feel better & gives you a sense of satisfaction,
like seeing the difference a little thing makes for someone else!
You'll probably have to force yourself at first, even trick yourself!
Just tell yourself 'it's just this once', & see if it makes a difference.
Baby steps. If it helps...there's your sign!
If, after a good try, nothing changes, see the doc.
But not one that is just going to just throw a prescription at you
without doing a little digging!
Good luck in your quest!