Plant Therapy

Danielle Brunin

I'm an avid gardener. Every year, when the growing season ends, I desperately try to keep as many annual plants alive as long as I possibly can. I guess it's a form of denial that spring and summer are over. However, as the fall ends and winter sets in, the ...

The January slog begins

Jane Stevens

Ugh. January. The longest month of SAD. Each day seems to last for three. Perhaps less so, so far, this year in Lawrence, KS, compared to last. Last year, we were buried under two feet of snow and laboring under grey skies. Since exercise and light are two ways of ...

The winter solstice can be beautiful

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/22/204864/ OK. OK. The winter solstice isn't ALL bad. Case in point, this photo by Italian photographer Danilo Pivato, who specializes in astronomical photography. Pivato, who gave permission to post this photo here, took [these exposures][1] on the Winter Solstice in 2005 from Santa Severa, Italy. That's the coast of ...

It's all uphill from here

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/21/204798/ Today -- and tomorrow -- are the shortest days of the year. [Nine hours and 26 minutes of daylight][1]. This should be the turning point. The halfway mark. The bottom of the bounce. We should be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Got any ...

Plotting the SAD calendar

Jane Stevens

Today, we'll have [nine hours and 26 minutes of daylight][1]. Just four more days 'til the shortest day of the year. Winter Solstice. Since that's the low point of the year, you might think that it's all uphill from Dec. 21. You might think that next Tuesday, us SAD warriors ...

Laugh, and you laugh off SAD

Jane Stevens

One of the ways to shrink SAD into ineffectiveness is to laugh every day, as many times as possible, making sure to stop short of spouting insane giggles (think Dr. Frankenstein). Here's a laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3iFhLdWjqchttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3iFhLdWjqc

Resources for warriors

**Sites:** [Mayo Clinic's Seasonal Affective Disorder section.][1] **Books:** [The Depression Cure, by Stephen Ilardi][2]. **Therapeutic lights:** [Day Light Sky][3] [NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp][4] [Philips goLITE][5] [1]: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195 [2]: http://thedepressioncurebook.com/index.html [3]: http://www.day-lights.com/product/skyindex.html [4]: http://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Plus-Light-Therapy/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1292948230&sr=1-1 [5]: http://www.usa.philips.com/c/light-therapy/11625/cat/#/cp_tab3

S.A.D. 4, S.A.D. warrior 0

Jane Stevens

Score four for S.A.D. yesterday. As anyone who experiences S.A.D. knows, for about four months, S.A.D. sits on our shoulders like a beach ball filled with wet sand. Every day is a challenge. Sometimes, like yesterday, S.A.D. wins. http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/15/204459/ Here's the list of S.A.D. symptoms, courtesy of the [Mayo Clinic ...

Snickerdoodle cookies in my pantry

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/14/204397/ From May through September, my pantry held no cookies, brownies, bear claws, cinnamon rolls...no sweet carbs of any kind. Didn't want 'em. Didn't even think about 'em. But, it's December. Today, [only 9 hours and 37 minutes of light][1] will fill this day. Compare that to June 14, six ...

Light hits the well-being button

Jane Stevens

Every morning, I sit in front of [this blue light][1] while reading or working on the computer. Some people use the larger white lights. I prefer this -- it's small, and I can get the same results in just 20 minutes. http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/dec/13/204354/ It subtly brightens my mood for the rest ...

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