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    Default Anyone else get seasonal depression?

    Trying to get ahead of it this year. It's bloody dark early these days.

    What's your strategy?

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    I don't really suffer from depression, but since being unwell it can try and creep in for sure, this situation with the covid doesn't help either, I think many are suffering from added stress and not everyone is getting the help they need, unfortunately


    For me focusing on this forum helps a shit ton, along with growing, baking and anything really just to keep a focus away from negativity and stress.


    Feeling very unwell some days, reading through the forum genuinely does make me forget about it...and helps lift the spirits, and I know I'm definitely not the only one.


    I would also recommend looking into some extra vitamin C and D, which during the winter times is something many of us can lack in and that also contributes to depression amongst other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCalibur View Post
    I don't really suffer from depression, but since being unwell it can try and creep in for sure, this situation with the covid doesn't help either, I think many are suffering from added stress and not everyone is getting the help they need, unfortunately


    For me focusing on this forum helps a shit ton, along with growing, baking and anything really just to keep a focus away from negativity and stress.


    Feeling very unwell some days, reading through the forum genuinely does make me forget about it...and helps lift the spirits.


    I would also recommend looking into some extra vitamin C and D, which during the winter times is something many of us can lack in and that also contributes to depression amongst other things.
    Good advice about the vitamins. I'm also foraging into a new hobby growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Initial trials have been successful.

    I don't do hobbies half way.. I like to master them. I home brewed beer for awhile until I was able to get commercial quality reliably but I try to avoid frequent alcohol consumption and having kegs of tasty beer on tap is not good for me.

    Also dabbling in microdosing but I'm not sure if this is appropriate for the forum. Please delete if so.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sourshoes View Post
    Good advice about the vitamins. I'm also foraging into a new hobby growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Initial trials have been successful.

    I don't do hobbies half way.. I like to master them. I home brewed beer for awhile until I was able to get commercial quality reliably but I try to avoid frequent alcohol consumption and having kegs of tasty beer on tap is not good for me.

    Also dabbling in microdosing but I'm not sure if this is appropriate for the forum. Please delete if so.



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    Well you have certainly mastered the growing mate

    Microdosing?..It depends, PM me details and I'll let you know mate.


    I'll also recommend to any Talk member who is struggling with depression to have a chat with someone about it, whether it's friends or family and if it's bad enough even a Dr (I know many of us don't bother with them) perhaps some of them help lines..some say talking to a stranger helps?, don't feel it's something you have to keep to yourself and just know..that no matter how bad it can get there is always light at the end of the tunnel, things will get better, just keep the chin up and swim through the shit if needs be..never give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCalibur View Post
    Well you have certainly mastered the growing mate

    I'll also recommend to any Talk member who is struggling with depression to have a chat with someone about it, whether it's friends or family and if it's bad enough even a Dr (I know many of us shy away and don't bother with them), don't feel it's something you have to keep to yourself and just know..that no matter how bad it can get there is always light at the end of the tunnel, things will get better, just keep the chin up and swim through the shit if needs be..never give up
    Thanks brother!

    I'm in a really good place but in the past its been a struggle. I talk to my family and friends about it and don't feel any shame. Hopefully anyone dealing with mental health issues has the courage to speak up. It's not something you can deal with alone.. Which in these times a lot of people are. Thankfully I'm not alone or isolated. Also here for anyone who needs a chat.

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    I hear a light box can be helpful for seasonal depression...What I will say and especially for us blokes who tend to bottle shit up. Never be afraid or embarrassed to discuss your mental health. We are all susceptible to anxiety & depression it's a human condition and nothing to be ashamed of..

    Regards BL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourshoes View Post
    Thanks brother!

    I'm in a really good place but in the past its been a struggle. I talk to my family and friends about it and don't feel any shame. Hopefully anyone dealing with mental health issues has the courage to speak up. It's not something you can deal with alone.. Which in these times a lot of people are. Thankfully I'm not alone or isolated. Also here for anyone who needs a chat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud Lightyear View Post
    I hear a light box can be helpful for seasonal depression...What I will say and especially for us blokes who tend to bottle shit up. Never be afraid or embarrassed to discuss your mental health. We are all susceptible to anxiety & depression it's a human condition and nothing to be ashamed of..

    Regards BL
    Well said both of you and A light box Bud?..I wonder where us growers can get one of those hey? lol

    Take a little longer when tending to the girls

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCalibur View Post
    Well said both of you and A light box Bud?..I wonder where us growers can get one of those hey? lol

    Take a little longer when tending to the girls
    I was just googling them. A friend at work uses one I should check it out! My office (which im not in a lot of the day) doesn't have a window. Might be worth a shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourshoes View Post
    I was just googling them. A friend at work uses one I should check it out! My office (which im not in a lot of the day) doesn't have a window. Might be worth a shot!

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    Makes sense mate, definitely worth a shot for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourshoes View Post
    I was just googling them. A friend at work uses one I should check it out! My office (which im not in a lot of the day) doesn't have a window. Might be worth a shot!

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    I used to change the fluorescent tubes over to full spectrum in any office I had, you can also get boxes that slowly come on in the mourning while you sleep.

    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by jingo View Post
    I used to change the fluorescent tubes over to full spectrum in any office I had, you can also get boxes that slowly come on in the mourning while you sleep.

    J
    That's a brilliant idea.

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    Hello Sourshoes. I have also had my depression issues in the past, quite bad actually and that is why I find myself here today. I began growing cannabis in an effort to get out of the "headspace" that I found myself in. I knew nothing about growing anything, grew up in Massachusetts suburbs having no real association with plants at all. My issues did not develop until much later in life but I believe cannabis is why I am here today. My problem I find myself in now is that I cannot stop growing. I have also done my fair share of research on medicinal mushrooms and mead fermentation as well and have done quite a few projects regarding the subjects. I know from the past few years of exploring myself that if I find myself twiddling my thumbs too long I end up in a bad place. I enjoy cannabis growing, don't smoke too much, I ingest more than I inhale but I love the progression in growth and end product. I also enjoy the taboo of it, the rebellion of doing something illegal (for now) although not "wrong". I don't have specific techniques for you to use because everyone is different. The only thing I can tell you is what I've done and hope that can help in some way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourshoes View Post
    Trying to get ahead of it this year. It's bloody dark early these days.

    What's your strategy?

    sent from space
    Hi sourshoes

    sorry to hear you get the black dog.

    Good on you mate, you are already ahead of the game being aware as you are and preparing ahead

    What I do leading up to winter is mainly look to take care of basic needs:
    * bulk cook food like soups, stews etc ahead of time and freeze them for those times can't be stuffed to cook.
    * Keep on top of housework and garden stuff best can and make sure environmental needs are taken care of so as not cold etc and home is a nice place to be and relax in.
    * Get outside for some sun and fresh air everyday even for a little time - stop and smell the roses.
    * Vitamins as already been mentioned such as vitamin C, B (particularly B12) and D are my mainstays
    * Shower and dress everyday
    * pursue hobbies and interests, social activities
    * reach out and phone a friend or lifeline
    * take a break from being online
    * be gently on self and look for the silver lining particularly when things go tits up or not according to plan.

    These are things I'm mindful of and aim for and this past winter has been pretty good all considered for me.

    All the best and wishing you a sunny side up

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    It certainly has been a hard year buddy I find it hard to stay positive when it gets dark early for some reason I do try to but it is a challenge some times, I also find it really hard to talk to people I don't know aswell, if it wasn't for my other half an 2 boys thing would be totally different for me, have tryed to talk to Doctors but all thay wanna do is pump me full of different drugs that will probably make things worse

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    I used to suffer pretty bad depression a long time ago now,debt,watching my mother die when she was only 47,my brother going through kidney failure,wife having miscarriages,best friend hanging himself,I somehow one day managed to turn my feelings around and became more positive even when dealing with some heavy shit,I do still get a bit down at this time of year,its dark,its cold,and there's gonna be icy roads and snow for several months and a strong possibility of being laid off from work the way things look.
    Don't bottle things up,a problem shared is a problem halved as they say,I took the downward spiral for a couple of years I'm surprised that I am not an alcoholic the amount of drink I downed in those days.

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    Cracking thread this..
    I'm not one to get depressed as I find reading a good book or hunting stuff online the likes of youtube bitchute etc. But as most stated this years been a funny year for us all. I remember March and the months after when the first lockdown came. I live within ear shot of a local park that an everyday occurrence you'd hear the younger kids laughing and at night the elder ones playing their bluetooth boom boxes shouting and carrying on with their mates. That all stopped even in the sunny days were you'd expect to hear something was complete silence. It was like something outta 28days later imho. I didn't like it. It just felt so outta place an almost eerie to an extent. No football or sports on the tv to keep u amused and the amount of carlsberg I've tucked away since this covid shit I just wish I kept my wee recycling magnetic strip the school gave us when I was younger to test cans. I'd be loaded lol. But on a more serious note I dont often see my family since they live about 70miles from me and the phone calls help but sometimes they just dont cut it. I do have friends but I can count them on 1 hand but again were all grown up and they too live 70 odd miles away. At the start of the new year we all decided to meet up and make a day of it down a working mens club playing snooker darts and watching football having a good catch up over a few beers and a couple of sneaky joints on the back steps which we were looking forward to until lockdown hit. Again we still talk via FB and with the summer break and getting back to work finishing jobs off for customers arrangements were then put in place to have a big hullabaloo either near Christmas or see in the new year but it's not looking likely when we have pen pushing suit wearing mumbling idiots moving the goal posts. The same people who I'd implore to just look across to Sweden and mirror what they do for the sake of people who need compassion and company or companionship from friends and family to help with depression and mental health. I just think certain things I've witnessed from our governments have left a sour taste in my mouth. The elderly whos faculties aren't all there left to shit themselves from the fear. The pain from people needing surgery cancers or tumors seen to on hold. I'm not one for vaccines but I cant help but notice something very bazar going on behind the scenes and imho it ain't covid. I say this with no disrespect to anyone who lost loveones to the virus. But I think it's ironic that you can walk into the major high street outlets to buy goods were most people congregate but that place down the road that acted as a community hub for residents to get outta the house for a break has to close and possibly permanently close which has happened this week to one of the biggest well known nightclubs in northern Ireland. They class everyone now as a walking virus and I dont think that's right. Just my opinion

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