I have been suffering from SAD for several years now, but did not know it until last year when my doctor diagnosed me. I take anti-depressants, and was finally at a place this summer where we lowered my dose. Now I am thinking of talking to her about going back up.
For a couple of weeks now I have noticed myself doing nothing. I sit at home, on the computer, and neglect my hobbies and the housework. When I am not at work, I am doing nothing.
The worst symptom I am facing though lately is my oversleeping. I have been averaging 12-14 hours a night. I know I need to get into a sleep schedule, but I have been unable to do so, and it doesn't help that my new job schedule is so varied.
Ideally, my current plan is to:
~Wake up around the same time each day and sit with my full spectrum light for the first half hour of my day.
~For a half hour before bed time do a quiet activity with the lights low. (No t.v. or computer because they emit blue light)
~Avoid indulging in junk food cravings
~Commit to exercise at least 10 minutes a day (Starting small with this one)
~Commit to engage in a hobby for at least 10 minutes a day
~Try to spend time outside this fall and winter
I live in Maine, so it is already cold and the days are getting shorter. I know that to make myself stick to this plan will be extremely hard (if last year is anything to go by) but I am hoping that by joining this LJ group I will get support and be reminded to keep with it when I see updates on my friends page.