Waiting for the Sunshine

Waiting for the Sunshine
I'll be honest. Creating this week's column has been a challenge for me. I usually write about something that I've done or learned from the previous week. This week, I cannot do that. The truth is I've accomplished nothing this week. As always, because of my poor memory, each day I made a list of the things that needed doing the next day. I restrained myself from including the things I'd really like to do — if I had the energy to do them. (I'm sure that many of you reading this can relate to this situation.) I've kept my lists simple and doable. Unfortunately, even doing that, I've accomplished nothing. Instead of enjoying the satisfaction of crossing tasks off my lists as I completed them, I found myself adding undone items to the next day's list and feeling bad about myself for doing so. And then I remembered the weather. We have this phenomenon here called June Gloom. I'm not making this up. It's a real thing. Summer doesn't arrive at the Los Angeles coast until July. Drive 10 miles inland, and there's bright blue sky and glorious sunshine. But, here near the ocean, we have low clouds and fog, resulting in cold, dark weather during June. (If you're ever planning a beach vacation in southern California, you may want to keep this little-known fact in mind.) Of course, there are positive aspects to the weather here as well. On average we enjoy 292 days of sunshine a year. Even considering June Gloom, that's a huge improvement over my former home in central New York where they boast 161 sunny days a year, only 63 of which are totally sunny. That, and the fact that I suffer greatly from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), were major motivators for my move across the country. So, I guess I shouldn't be surprised about the past week. Most days I didn't see
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One comment

  1. Rachel Nador says:

    Hi, I work for Northern Light Technologies. We are a bright light therapy company that manufactures in Montreal, Qc, Canada.
    I hope you consider a light, there is no need to feel sad for a whole month every year.
    To avoid having to “wait” for the light to take affect, if you know your systems start in June begin using the light in May and continue use in June until outdoor light becomes sufficient again.

    If you have any questions about bright light therapy you can give us a call at 1-800-263-0066

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