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dealing with winter blahs
February 3, 2007
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triciaisok
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What are some helpful ways others are dealing with depression from the winter blahs? What are some fun inepensive things to do? I have to watch my money and want to have some fun things to do and running against a brick wall right now.

I have gone through alot of changes the last couple of years. The most recent is downsizing by moving in with a single mom I know and her 3 and 5yr old. Moved in Oct.

I have rented my house out to keep up the mortage so far. I know this is a good move for now but I have a hard time being grateful for what I have knowing I don't have my own place anymore. Today I left the house a few hours and walked around the mall. My children are grown and sometimes the excitement of a 3 and 5yr old gets to be too much. I love them but need my space too.

It doesn't help that a relationship ended also. Though it wasn't that long we were together we had known each other over 20yrs and talked of marriage and stuff. I was just a fill in for him to someone else he could manipulate came along since he couldn't manipulate me.

Any help would be appreciated.
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February 10, 2007
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Boy, I can relate. I ended a 11 year relationship. We dated 10 years, he asked me to marry him and shortly after the marriage asked for a divorce. He turned into a different person after the marriage. I wanted to run the first 24 hours. But giving someone so much of your life is hard to accept.

I was laid off my job right before the divorce and forced to move as well. so, I moved back to my home town right in the middle of my dysfunctional family. eeeks!!

Now I am working a limited term position, no health insurance and should find someone to move in to help financially. I don't know if I could do that and give you tons of credit.

I enjoy scrapbooking or just working on photoalbums. This can be done inexpensively. Reading at the library could be peaceful. I love dancing and it helps to fight depression. Cheap as well, if you know someone to go with. Have taken lessons in Latin dance. Walking is good for stress and looking in the Newspaaper for local events.

Good luck with the changes in your life. Try to stay positive...

Ali

February 10, 2007
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Thanks serenity-

I wouldn't have moved in with this friend except I have known her over twenty five years and new our personalities could live together. Her mother is my sponsor and It is a God thing that happened. Her children and she and I know God put us together though I have some sadness, grieving over my loss of my own home, my own food, peace and quiet as my children are grown. the plus is the 3 and 5yr old sometimes will say something that just makes me laught.

I like reading and needed to have some laughter in my life. My sponsor got me a book about the changes in menopause in a humorous way- It helps to read every day.

Today I do go to a dance with people in recovery. I am looking forward to that. Sometimes having fun innneractions with others is what I lack. I can do things for myself with no problem but sometimes isolation comes in if all I do is work-eat-sleep-work etc. Guess I need to develop my sense of humor.
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February 10, 2007
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tricaisok,

RE: Winter Blahs..........

Don't know if this would help you or not - but I am really like "the weather" as they say.

Grew up in the "Sunshine State" of Florida, - Miami to be exact and sometimes here in GA it is cloudy and dark and cold for days on end.

What has helped me somewhat is to get citrus smelling candles and room spray.

Also, (don't laugh....OK - go ahead....)one time - when it got REALLY BAD - I went and bought one of those "Viewmaster" toys.....you know it's plastic and kind of looks like a pair of binoculars....and I got anything I could get my hands on for inserts that gave a 3-D effect of sunshine.

I would just sit there and meditate on the 3-D sun-shiny scenes....and it seem to help break that funk.

Reminded me.......oh yeah....that's what sunshine looks like.....I remember now!!!!!!

February 10, 2007
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Cute idea about the viewmaster. Visually I am sure it helps. Like the candle deal also. Later thanks

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