I always dread the winters even though its relatively mild where I live.  But it still gets very cold and the shorter days definitely have an effect on my moods.  When you are suffering from candida it can seem even worse I think.  I was definitely feeling more low when I had candida and I also suffered from anxiety.   But even though the candida is long gone (touch wood) and I still get very low.  I blame my personal circumstances which I am trying to improve but this Winter hardest for me at least.  I’m seriously thinking of investing in a SAD lamp this year to try to avoid sinking into seasonal depression.   So I thought I’d put together a few ideas for how to survive the Winter and try to stay cheerful.  I know every season has its pluses and minuses.    As I am always telling candida sufferers to stay positive, I now need to listen to my own advice! lol!   So here are my suggestions for making the most of the Winter and trying to avoid feeling low.  If you have any of your own suggestions that you’d like to share please add a comment at the end.

(These are in no special order.  And I’m going to do them all this Winter.  You are my witnesses!)

  • Try to get outside every single day
  • Get some warm waterproof clothing so I can do the first point
  • Buy fresh flowers for the house
  • Try to stay healthy (I’ll do another post on this soon)
  • Monitor my thoughts for negative patterns and keep positive
  • Leave more lights on around the house (I’m always switching off lights to reduce electricity bills)
  • Go for a walk every day if possible
  • I will avoid turning into a hermit and I’ll try to socialise to get out of the house
  • Listen to cheerful music to lift my mood

Anyone got any other ideas?   Please share!  Or do you dread winter too?  Then let me know.  Its always nice to know you aren’t alone.  Perhaps we can help each other through it.


love and light

Katie xx

Anyone else dreading winter?

5 thoughts on “Anyone else dreading winter?

  • September 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Katie! Love your blog. I also hate the long winters. We get snowed in every year and it sucks! But I love photography and this helps me to focus on the positive aspects of each season. I get out my camera and go walking about looking for nice things to photograph. You can find beauty even in the depths of the winter so I definitely recommend this hobby.

    • September 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      That’s a great idea! Thanks Lucy.

  • September 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    No you are not alone Katie. I always get more depressed when the days shorten but I bought a SAD lamp which helps a bit. I’ve had candida for years and I’ve been depressed for years so I guess the two may be related. I love your website so please keep blogging.

  • September 17, 2013 at 5:49 am

    My Seasonal Affective Disorder seems to start earlier and last longer each passing year. I am already experiencing the feeling of not having had a good night’s sleep and general apathy, and it is only mid-September!
    The last couple of years I have also found out I suffer with candida outgrowth, and I believe the two conditions are connected.
    Alcohol definitely makes the symptoms worse – not easy for me to give up as I admit to being alcohol dependent.
    Worst affect on me is the lack of concentration – a simple task such as completing and sending this comment takes an extreme effort.
    I find writing lists with achievable items are a great help to keeping my mood up – simple everyday items you would normally take for granted plus one task I really would prefer to put off until tomorrow.
    Good luck!

    • September 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Hi Merv.
      I’m glad I’m not alone. I also appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment as I know it took a lot.
      I’m convinced that candida makes Seasonal Affective Disorder worse. In fact candida made me very stressed and I had high
      levels of anxiety the whole time until I got better.
      I really hope you are having support with the alcohol issue.
      I like your idea of using lists. Its something I need to do more as I suffer from a lack of focus myself.
      I’m feel a bit stupid today as yesterday was a blue sky day with sunshine and I really should have taken the
      time to sit outside in the sunshine to boost my mood and wellbeing. But I was too busy with unimportant tasks.
      Today the weather is dreadful and I am regretting my priorities yesterday. I know someone who took daily walks in the winter
      no matter what the weather and it was the first year he didnt get SAD symptoms.
      I’m thinking of taking 5http which is a supplement which helps with SAD and depression and poor sleep.
      But its pricey and it takes weeks to start to work. I took it a few years ago
      and I found it helped a lot. It might help you but please check with your doctor.

      Look after yourself,

      Katie 🙂


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