Firstly I’d like to wish you all a happy new year! I hope your 2017 brings you all the love, happiness and prosperity life has to offer.
I’m starting 2017 with a blog about how my mental health has been the best it has been over Christmas for many many years.
I suffer with depression and Boarderline Personality Disorder, amongst other things, but I also suffer with S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder). As many of you know S.A.D begins as the weather gets colder and the days get darker and usually lasts the whole of winter.
The darker mornings and evenings and even the dark days seem to physically drain me and stuck the happiness and positivity out of me. Leaving me feeling downright miserable! I also seem to catch every bug going and take forever to recover from them.
I would sleep badly and find it near impossible to get out of bed in the morning and going to sleep at night would involve me fighting to get to 8pm before I collapse exhausted into my bed!
S.A.D affects many people, whether you have mental health issues or not. The symptoms include;
- Depression – low mood, negative thoughts or feelings, low esteem
- Overeating – increased need for sugary foods or carbohydrates
- Sleep problems – needing to sleep more, oversleeping, insomnia, difficulty staying awake in the daytime
- Anxiety – feeling tense, inability to deal with stressful situations
- Illnesses – picking up more illnesses during the winter months, vulnerable to infections
In short its a really crappy time for anyone suffering.
I did try to get through the first part of winter by consciously trying to be positive and plan around these negative symptoms but unfortunately I struggled quite badly. So I decided to try something new. Something I had heard a lot about, especially over the past year or two, and that is a S.A.D lamp.
The lamp that I have is the Lumie Bodyclock. Now I fully set myself up not to expect miracles. I have heard good and bad comments regarding the effects of these lamps in the past so I didn’t want to set myself up for a huge disappointment. Honestly though, what did I have to lose?
Well, nothing as it turns out!
I have used my Lumie Bodyclock for a month now and I can honestly say that I feel so much better! I am actually shocked at ho much better I am feeling.
I feel much more positive during the daytime and waking up is truly a joy, not the struggle with my eyes half closed desperately seeking out caffeine!
Now don’t get me wrong I still love my morning cuppa and there are still those mornings when getting up is a bit more difficult but I can truly say, that for me, it’s been the difference of relapsing or staying on track!
The particular lamp that I have, The Lumie Bodyclock, works by mimicking natural daylight and the sunrise. You set what time you want to wake up and it slowly begins to light up. Filling your bedroom with a beautiful natural daylight that instantly makes you want to get out of bed and begin your day – yes really!
In the Spring/Summer I used to get up at 5.45 to do yoga, meditation and some writing. It was my time of the day and I loved doing it. However, when October/November hit and I literally could not get out of bed, even with my 3 year old yelling in my ear and yanking me by the arm! But ever since I started using this Bodyclock I have been getting up at 5.45 and doing my routine I left behind in the summer! It is helping me mentally and physically everyday. Whats not to love?
Honestly even my husband loves it. He gets up at 5.30/5.45 every morning for work and he used to always press the snooze button on his mobile at least twice before dragging himself out of bed! Now we get up together.
I also love how you can put the light on the clock whenever you like, In the mornings I use the lamp to put on my make up and get changed to take my son to preschool. It seems to naturally make the morning routine better and puts a smile on my face – cheesy huh – but it’s true!
Now I am not saying that it is curing my depression or my other illnesses at all because yes I do still suffer with them but it has really helped in making a huge difference in my winter so far.
I have even started walking a lot. I walk pretty much everywhere now which I could never bare doing before. I hate the cold. I hate the dark. So there is no way I would want to walk in it. Even if I could have persuaded myself. Now, however, I do walk most places, even bringing along my son and husband. I guess you could say it has helped the whole family.
I am definitely going to continue to use my Lumie Bodyclock and would urge anyone who might be struggling to invest in one to. Whether it’s a battle with your mental health or its just S.A.D that you suffer with, I am sure you will notice a positive difference to your life.
Lots of love