I have a problem with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the winter and a more mild case of the summer blues. July/August and January/February are the worst months for me physically and emotionally. Right now it is taking all the effort I can muster to do just about anything. The heat and humidity make me groggy, cranky, and depressed. I could never live any further south than I do (Michigan). I was just not made for hot weather and I’d give anything to be in Alaska or Northern Canada right now. I don’t have trouble with cold temperatures, it can be -20 below and I’ll still bundle up and take the dogs out for a walk. The problem in winter is the lack of daylight.
Now that I am in the middle my summer period I am trying to focus on it’s end by preparing for my winter SAD period. Sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me it helps. There is not a lot of advice out there for how to deal with a summer blues, the focus seems to be on solutions for the winter blues rather than the summer blues. My guess is that more people suffer from the winter blues. Your supposed to enjoy warm weather and sunshine, right? Ugh!
This week I went to a local pharmacy/medical store and found out that they rent light boxes by the month. I’ve started putting aside money for the rental starting in October. If I decide to keep the light box permanently the store will put the rental fee toward the purchase. I see it as a win-win situation. I get to try out the box to make sure it works for me before committing hundreds of dollars to its purchase.
To be honest, I’ve known I needed one for years but have always put off buying one based on the cost. This year I decided that the price was worth it after having a particularly bad winter in 2010.
Happiness and peace of mind are always worth the price! Now, if only there was an easy solution to the summer blues beside central AC!