I was on a sailing race recently where there was so little wind that it took 20 minutes just to get across the start line. And then it got worse! After two hours, we had gone only a few miles. All the boats were slowly turning around in place - we were literally in the doldrums. The race became a contest of patience - mind over circumstance. We couldn't change the wind but we could choose to stay in the race and make the best of it. Depression is like this. Our lives are sometimes not working for us. We cannot change our situation. We can only somehow deal with our difficulties until our circumstances improve.
I was really quite surprised about the results of our most recent Quick Boost Poll results. More than half of our respondents said that they didn't consciously use sunlight to help with their depression. We didn't ask why that was the case but from a few comments and my experience it probably comes down to two simple issues: 1. It is hard to get out in the sunlight when we are depressed and 2. Many people don't understand how helpful it can be.
I certainly understand how it can be hard to get outside when you are depressed. Just getting out of bed can be quite a challenge. It can also be the case that we don't live in a place where we can get sunlight year round. So why might it be important to put in the effort to get a daily dose of sunlight?
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