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Well, here we are in the middle of January and for many of us it has been an extremely cold and dreary winter.  I try to put myself in a different frame of mind, picturing a beautiful warm, sunny day and then “POW” slammed back into reality because suddenly that cold hits every bone in my body. Do you find yourself struggling with this feeling?  Even though you throw yourself into a project, or a fitness routine, or get out of the house for awhile..that “blue mood” still lingers..not to mention the constant threat of illness. We all have heard about vitamin D and how it affects our health, so yesterday my doctor mentioned to me about sitting in a well lit window and absorbing some of that..but, of course, there is no sun..frown..so back to square one...how do you deal with the winter blues?




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      Mzd3 wrote Jan 15, 2010
    • I cant help with how to deal with it but can tell you we have it here at our house too....



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 15, 2010
    • When I moved to Washington state I was miserable. I was up in the Olympic Peninsula and, while it was just beautiful, I lived there during the coldest winter they’d had in years. I looked at the thermometer on my patio one morning and it was 19 degrees. I lived very near the water so the dampness seeped into me and stayed for 2 years. I could not get warm no matter what I did. I know how you feel but I also know you deal with fibro which adds to the discomfort. I would investigate some of the new technologies in winter clothing for skiiers. The fabrics they use are light weight, easy to layer and really insulate the body. I even wore mittnes inside my house I was so cold up there.

      I wish I could send you some sunshine.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 15, 2010
    • I don’t mind the cold, but the gray days get to me.  

      Because it’s so dark in the morning when I get up, I’ve put the lamp beside my bed on a timer so that the lamp is already on when I wake up.  That extra light really makes a difference.  Of course sunlight is preferable, but....

      And there are lots of companies out there selling natural spectrum lightbulbs for us folks that get the winter blues.  I’ve not tried them, but have heard good things about ‘em.



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      Lazylola wrote Jan 16, 2010
    • I wish I had good suggestions...I usually just get back in bed, eat, watch Tv or read. If I was able to I’d probably just go shopping. I do like the suggestions offered by everyone else...hope you find a way out of the winter blues ((HUGS))



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      Linni wrote Jan 16, 2010
    • i have no suggestions really.. i like what everyone has said! i will check into the lightbulbs tuliplady mentioned! i too have fibro, and you know, the 3 years the children and i lived in PA, the winters NEVER bothered me! this is the first winter back in MI, and WOW! i can not stay warm! lol



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      Frannie1964 wrote Jan 16, 2010
    • I hope your blues go away soon Mary and you get to feeling better. If I could I would send you some Sunshine. I have low vitamin D and my doctor gave me some capsules. I am bad about getting out In the sun, I love Winter. I do need to get out more.

      heart



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 16, 2010
    • Hiya Mary,

      My naturopathic doctor started me on Vit D3 liquid drops. It’s only 5 days so I don’t notice a big difference yet, but it’s the second day of sun before it gets gloomy again for a week.

      I hope this info is helpful.  

      Cathie



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      Abby47 wrote Jan 16, 2010
    • Ohhhhhhhhhhh i know what u mean. Comin from an island like PR the winter just kills me. But i have to be here for now because of my job n my husbands. I wish i can give u an advise but i just go day by day. I really get depress to the point of cryin. I’m tryin to keep my mind busy but sum days r really hard. But we have this site n i found out that i’m not alone. That there r wonderful ppl out there that we can talk to. Good luck..Abbyhappy



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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 16, 2010
    • Thank you all for your good wishes.heartheart

      Tulip, love the idea about the bulbs, will check that out.

      Cynthia, very good idea about the clothing..the Under Armor clothing line is great and I purchased a long sleeve shirt a while back and it really helps keep out the dampness.

      CJ..thanks for suggestion on Vitamin D drops as I have an issue taking lots of pills (just deal with the ones that I have to take).



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 17, 2010
    • Hi Mary, it’s only 4 drops a day that I take of the liquid Vit D3. Very do-able and not expensive through my ND.  

      Cathie



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