What's your remedy for the 'Winter Blues"

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Chutz
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   Posted 1/21/2011 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Not everyone gets the 'Winter Blues" but often being cooped up or having dark, miserable weather during this time of year doesn't make for happy campers, especially those of us who have chronic pain. For me it seems to increase my pain but I have fibromyalgia and cold weather almost always makes the pain worse.

Also the lack of sunshine can be devastating to many folks. My mother used to have an awful time during January and February. So back to my question...is there anything you do to make winter time more comfortable and easy on your chronic pain? Are there thing we can do that don't cost any, or much, money? Maybe we can help each other with ideas to get through this time of year until some warmth and sunshine returns.

My one idea is to take out some old movies instead of commercial TV and enjoy something that makes you smile. Your local library has tons of movies you can borrow for free instead of renting them.

Other ideas?
Chutz
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"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." Albert Einstein

White Beard
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   Posted 1/21/2011 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Well one thing that helps me, in driving away the "winter blues"  is seeing my dear old friend Chutzie back on the forum posting!  You  have put a smile on my face, and lightened my heart when I seen this post by you!  I am glad you are back Chutzie!   But as to what else I do to run off the "winter blues" I will have to think about that for awhile. But just having you post has done a very good job of it right now!
 
I have missed you Chutzie!
 
White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 1/21/2011 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
*Grabs Chutzie and Huggles N Smooches*

I mean I mean ERrrr runns....

I find crocheting relaxing. If I am really "blue" I will light candles and play some classical music whilst reading by candle light. I usually brush up on the book of Job. The poor man, lost everything, his family, life, all of it in just 3 days and yet he remained so faithful and strong in God. So I try to apply that in whatever is bothering me.
Don't Care Bout Nuffin No More, Guess I shouldnt even be in this world

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/21/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I crochet too, or snuggle up wiith my heated blanket, a warm cup of tea and a good book. I try to get some sun when I can, but that doesn't always work. I also love to use my Wii Fit games on really good days in place of my walks in good weather.
I found one sure fire way to stave of the winter blues is stretching. Not like gym class stretching, but just until I feel that I have the muscle and hold it for a good minute or two. A few minutes a day keeps things limber enough to not feel stagnant.
I agree with Whitebeard! Seeing friends helps tremendously!
 
Mindy

misterkatamari
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   Posted 1/21/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I started to have bizarre symptoms starting last November. My head felt fuzzy when I woke up and I just lacked all my usual energy. All I wanted to do was sleep. My psychiatrist suggested that it was seasonal, and perhaps he's right. I've been trying to do things I like and to keep myself busy. The weird thing is that I LIKE winter. I love snow, and I don't even mind the cold. But I still felt like utter crap!

Also, sometimes it helps to get out of the house if you're able to. Like go to the mall or visit friends. Sometimes I do some of the things Mont's Mom suggested. Also sometimes a quick burst of cardio can kick things into action, although it doesn't actually help me much. :)

Vannie
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   Posted 1/21/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I watch DVD's in the evening to distract ourselves from the harsh weather and the sometimes harsh world.

I bake homemade bread and the house smells wonderful and comforting. I have a warm blanket I snuggle up in while we watch the movies.

Popcorn w/real butter from time to time brightens our evenings.

V
Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Asthma, High BP, DDD, Bulging Discs in Cervical & Lumbar Spine, GERD, Prediabetic
Prednisone, Lexapro, Cardizem, Lisinopril, Advair, Lipitor, Vit D, Joint Supplements, Soma, Tramadol, Fish Oil Supplements
I take one day at a time, and try to save my energy for the joy in life.

White Beard
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   Posted 1/21/2011 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Paula (pebbles225)
 
I have not played "pinochle " since I was on the flight simulator in the Air Force, every one in the simulator and aircraft maintenance  played  pinochle  double deck!  People around  the area I live  all play either spades or euche.  I even made a special score pad just for Pinochle contiaining the bids and all that. I miss not being able to play that card game! As no one around my area knows how to play it!
 
White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Chutz
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   Posted 1/22/2011 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the sweet comments! I'm trying for all I'm worth to climb out of this hole I've been in and decided if I didn't get to posting again I'd never make it out. It's friends like WB and other loving members who make me feel like living again.

One thing I did yesterday that helped a lot was to snuggle a little baby granddaughter. Just her and me and a rocking chair/recliner. It was her sleep time so for over 2 hours she snuggled against me and snoozed away. That's therapy like none other.

Warm hugs,
Chutz
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Daily Donnybrook: Fibromyalgia, Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Ulcerative Colitis, Rare form of Dermatitis, Collapsed Disk, Osteoarthritis (especially in right hand and neck) and a couple of other adjunct agitations.

"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." Albert Einstein
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