I've done the medicated route - I've done the unmedicated route.
For me - I just need glasses.
Trust me, I know that meds don't solve all my problems but that's where friendships, coping skills, and my oils come in to play.
I use my oils for natural health and to compliment my meds.....
...when I need a little extra help focusing.
...when I'm starting to feel overwhelmed and need a little help to calm down and center myself again.
...when I'm being hard on myself for what I see as screw-ups and just need to forgive myself and keep going.
As The ADHD Mama says this video, if you need glasses you need glasses. You may need a little help or you may be like me and your hand goes fuzzy 6 inches in front of your face.
Trust me....you don't want me driving around without my glasses/contacts......just trouble waiting to happen.
Any of this sound familiar?
If you aren't sure what options could help you out, reach out!
I'd love to chat with you!
- Its walking into a room and as soon as my foot crosses the threshold I can NOT remember what on earth I was going for.
- Its having a conversation with someone, and no matter how hard I try to focus on what the other person is saying, I think of a comeback for the conversation 2 days ago, resign the same one line of a song 15 times and who knows what else, only to come back to the current conversation and not have a clue what's going on.
- It's setting down to work on a project and I will hyper-focus so bad that I'm good if the kids sleep in past 10 and eat pop-tarts for lunch cause that's what THEY can reach in the pantry.
- It's sitting and work with a laundry list of tasks that need done and I get caught up in a couple tiny details on one task and they consume me...OR....I focus completely on the tasks at hand and just knock em out one right after the other. Problem is I really don't know which way I'll be till I sit at my desk each morning.
- Between 60% and 90% of people with SAD are women. Females between 15 and 55 are more likely to develop SAD.
- Even though the harsh chill in the air might bring you down, SAD is believed to relate more to daylight, not the temperature. Some experts believe that a lack of sunlight increases the body’s production of a body chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is what helps regulate sleep and can cause symptoms of depression.
- SAD can be treated. If your symptoms are mild, meaning, if they do not interfere in and completely ruin your daily life, light therapy may help you beat SAD. Using light therapy has shown highly effective. Studies prove that between 50% and 80% of light therapy users have complete remissions of symptoms. However, light therapy must be used for a certain amount of time daily and continue throughout the dark, winter months.
- Some say that light therapy has no side effects, but others disagree. We think it simply depends on the person. Some people experience mild side effects, such as headaches, eyestrain, or nausea. However, these light therapy users say that the side effects are temporary and subside with time or reduced light exposure.
- There are some things to consider if you want to try light therapy in your home, otherwise you will not receive all the benefits that this type of therapy offers. When purchasing a light box, do not skimp as far as money is concerned. Buy a larger one so that you will receive enough light to be beneficial. The best time for light therapy is in the early morning. (If used late at night, it could cause insomnia.) So, even if it means waking up earlier, set aside some morning time to relax and use your light box. Many people are not aware of this, but you must have your eyes open and face the light during therapy. Do not stare at the light. Simply face the light with your eyes open.
- It takes more than just one winter depression to be diagnosed with SAD. Individuals must meet certain criteria: The symptoms and remission of the systems must have occurred during the last two consecutive years. The seasonal depressive episodes must outnumber the non-seasonal depressive episodes in one’s lifetime.
- SAD can be treated with things that increase serotonin levels in the brain.
- There is actually a device that conducts light therapy and allows you to walk around while treated. The device is called a light visor. Just wear the light visor around your head and complete your daily chores and rituals. A light visor still can potentially have the same side effects as the standard forms of light therapy, so only simple activities, such as watching television, walking, or preparing meals is advised. We do not recommend you operate heavy machinery while wearing a light visor.
- If you have a friend or loved one who suffers from SAD, you can help them tremendously. Try to spend more time with the person, even though they may not seem to want any company. Help them with their treatment plan. Remind them often that summer is only a season away. Tell them that their sad feelings are only temporary, and they will feel better in no time. Go outside and do something together. Take a walk, or exercise. Get them to spend some time outside in the natural sunlight. Just remember to bundle up!
- Although not as common, a second type of seasonal affective disorder known as summer depression can occur in individuals who live in warmer climates. Their depression is related to heat and humidity, rather than light. Winter depression does cause petulance in many cases, but summer depression is known to cause severe violence.
So....before and after!
Cleaning up our laundry room so Don can put a base under the washer and dryer to keep things level.
I love using a cleaner that is safe, natural, healthy.....
If you have pets, kids, or just want to breathe easy when cleaning, you've gotta get this in your life!
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