I don't get depressed or anything, but I have little to no energy in the winter. I have to really force myself to do anything and I can easily sleep over 12h a day.
I'm getting a lamp this year...all my christmas/birthday money will be going towards a lamp so I can get a good one, but I might get a tiny desk-top one to tide me over until late Dec. I'm already SO sluggish in the mornings, and have much less energy.
Keeping in mind that this has really hit me this week - now that the sun sets before 6pm It's barely up anyways, we've been so overcast.
I love dreary, cloudy weather... but I hate when it gets dark at 5PM. That's the big thing that depresses me! I would say I get a little more sad in the wintertime due to that...
I'm usually more of an indoors person as it is, so being inside doesn't bug me... but the early darkness definitely does. It makes me lazy and just want to stay inside and not go anywhere haha.
But there is nothing better than cuddling inside on a cold, cloudy, snowy day drinking a warm coffee or hot chocolate and just relaxing. The cloudiness is serenity for me. I love a nice sunny day every now and then, but definitely prefer cloudy weather.
I definitely agree, bluemilk! I definitely feel like I have much less energy and motivation. In the summertime, even if I got off of work late or had a lot to do, it was still warm and bright out at 7-9PM... so the days just felt so much longer and everyone was still wanting to go out and do things. Now, it's dark at 5PM and it feels like the day is over lol. The winter blues haven't fully set in for me, but I know they will...
This Ohio weather doesn't make it any better... always yo-yoing...
I have already started taking Vit D, hopefully it'll help.
Apparently for the happy light to work it needs to put out 10,000 LUX. Anything less hasn't been tested to actually work.
That being said, quite a few blogger reviews I read about the little (aka cheaper) lamps did say they reduced afternoon sleepies and snack cravings in the office, and helped them to concentrate more. There's at least a $100 difference between the 'approved' and 'portable' lights. I'm going to try the littler one first, and if it does help (even a little) I'm going to get a bigger one late this year/early next year.
I also purchased some 'awake/uplifiting' essential oils blends and a mini diffuser for my office. (*whispers* I'm hoping the EOs will help my boss chill out on bad days )
I do think the little light makes a difference. I didn't use it Tuesday and I felt like I wanted to sleep all afternoon.
I've used it (for about 45 minutes) the past 2 mornings and I felt pretty alert and focused all day.
I really feel like any bright light would help me, lol. But I've also heard that wearing light colored clothing can also help, so wearing colors like white, beige, or even yellow can lift your spirits more than wearing dark navy, greys, brown or blacks. I personally find avoiding black is hard to do, nearly all my coats are black so I've been on a search for a nice yellow scarf.