I just try to find something positive even in the rain. We've had such a drought and with my sun sensitivity, the rain is great, it means I can go outside, though my neighbors think I'm kooky. Anyway, I live in the country, I have a bird feeder and a field guide and binoculars and sit in my living room and watch these critters. My little dogs and cats keep me from stewing too long, needing to go out. Just petting my little dog and playing fetch with her and seeing how happy and excited shw gets is soothing to me. I put on some good movies, even tearjerkers, and just let it flow, if that's the mood I'm in. I've started a journal to try to write down my feelings. Also washington post has great free online crosswords, soduko and the like, so if I can't exercise my body, I keep the old mind going. Mostly, I let myself be down for a short period of time, cry it out, whatever, then force myself up out of it. I don't believe its good for your brain chemistry to allow yourself too much "down" time. A bath with epsom salts and reading a book, lounging, even taking a day off just to do nothing, is better than working up to something bad. Try writing about something maybe, do some geneology research on your family, or something else you love, like lynnwood and hippi say. And when my brain doesn't work, its movies or tv and I don't feel guilty about it. Sometimes its all I can handle, then I try to get in some crosswords to get the mind going. Playing a game with my family, like scrabble or something is another way. You may just need some hugs, so here is one ((((hugs)))) and make sure you get some from your family and friends. Oh, also, plants and cut flowers help me alot with SAD symptoms, as does open blinds and the bird feeder and sitting by the window. Painting is fun too. Maybe, plan a flower garden or something. And if you have to, go out in the rain, there is some sunshine there, just bring your umbrellla and rain gear.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments