It’s now been over a week since Daylight Savings Time ended and I’m still not entirely adjusting. Even though there’s ample time in the morning to get plenty of sunshine, more often than not I find myself sleeping until the very last second possible. As a result, the majority of the sun I’m getting is through my car windows in the morning on my drive in to work. This wouldn’t be a huge deal except it turns out that one of the things plaguing me is a Vitamin D deficiency.
I am not a doctor and the rest of this blog post should not be taken as medical advice in any way shape or form. These are merely my own reflections now that I have been taking a Vitamin D3 supplement for close to three weeks. I was attributing my sluggishness and general feeling of depression to my health condition and while those are certainly major contributors, having my Vitamin D level practically in the ground was clearly not helping. I’m so thankful my primary care doctor decided to have those checked out and lo and behold, they were dreadfully low.
I started taking 5000 Units of Vitamin D3 twice a day and within a few days I felt my mood brighten dramatically. Instead of feeling like there was a thick, dense fog of negativity surrounding my life and especially health, I am optimistic. My cheerful disposition returned and even when I have experienced setbacks in terms of recurrence of my symptoms, it hasn’t taken me to the same dark place as before in the last few months.
Taking a supplement of Vitamin D is all fine and good but I have been trying to make it a point to get some the natural way. It hasn’t been as easy as I would like, primarily due to the end of Daylight Savings Time. There have only been one or two times in the last few weeks when I left work early enough to see the light of day and seeing as I work in a lab without any windows, I’m kind of stuck at the moment.
Whenever possible, primarily on the weekends and weather-permitting, I sit outside on my porch swing, and write in my journal feeling the warmth of the sun on my bare skin. Today, I sat with my living room blinds open today as we had an amazingly sunny November afternoon and just relished in the bright rays coming through the window as I cuddled with my dogs.
My disposition improved, I find myself with renewed energy and purpose. I’m really hoping that after the Thanksgiving holiday and end of the semester, I can find myself in a place where I’m a lot closer to my normal self. I miss being able to do things like exercise and have energy to spend the whole day walking around the zoo, or hiking one of nature trails near my house. I also don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to be back to where I was before as I am still dealing with my health issues, and adding guilt to the mix for not waking up early three days a week to exercise is not likely to help the situation.
Hopefully with my Vitamin D levels increasing slowly but surely, and the promise of a New Year just ahead, I can leave the trials and tribulations of 2016 behind and once again be closer to living a balanced life.