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25 Oct, 2018

Lighting up grey days again

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

It’s almost like clockwork now, this feeling that sets in this time of year. And the beauty of blogging is that there’s actual proof that I can review:

As you see, I used the word mojo in two of those posts. It’s a good way to describe my head space; my fatigue.

I realized that this time of year had rolled around again when Mark asked me a gentle question this morning: “Are you using your Lite Book?”

I am not, not today, anyway. I haven’t plugged it in yet. His question made me think about the date on the calendar and that’s when I remembered. Ah yes. This again.

The light book is charging as I type.

I have to remember to pay special attention to my operating instructions this time of year. This week my body and brain need a blast of light therapy every day, but in addition to this I know I need to stick to my fitness regimen, remember to take my vitamins and iron pill, eat well, and get some decent shuteye. I know I should be kind to myself. I know I need to be patient. I know that this too, shall pass.


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