Seasonal Affective Disorder

solar-flare-sun-eruption-energy-39561Winter brings the onset of seasonal affective disorder. Where does one go for a sunny day in Canada? Calgary takes the spot as a major centre with the most sunny days. Considering the oil market, they appear to need it. Vancouver with 154 rain days ranks just behind Prince Rupert as the cloudiest part of Canada. But at least when you live in Vancouver, at least you are in Vancouver.

Those of us in other parts of the country must turn to the Amazon. Not the river, the shopping platform. Here you can purchase your own light therapy box. Light therapy impacts brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep and eases SAD symptoms.

We have the Northern Light Technologies 10,000 lux desk light. Minimal UV radiation since you don’t want to fix one problem and cause an even greater melanoma problem.

Ignore the pictures showing people sitting in a chair enjoying a coffee. Read the brochure, but generally the light box should be within 18 inches of your face for maximum effectiveness. The exact distance that your mother always warned you about when you watched TV.

Perhaps 15 minutes a day in the morning ought to do it. Just keep a consistent schedule and do all those other things that your mother told you to do. Get outside and play.

 

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Speak up for yourself!

pexels-photo-206784 monkeesInteresting TED talk by Adam Galinsky. Sometimes you don’t speak up when you should, and speak up when you shouldn’t. This force to speak up arises from moral conviction.

He suggests that the range of times that you can appropriately speak up can depend upon the amount of power you have in a particular situation.

You can expand the range of times you should speak up by increasing the amount of power you have.

This power can be increased by

  1. advocating on behalf of others
  2. possessing some particular expertise
  3. obtaining social support and allies

Once you have at least one of these, then speak with conviction and passion.

As an irrelevant aside, this sort of reminded me of the precautionary poem by Yeats, The Second Coming:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity”

 

So, Be Best, not worst.

 

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Over the hill but picking up speed

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We met up with a couple of long-time friends. Not old friends. Not in their minds. She had retired last year and a work acquaintance asked her what it like going from 60 to 0? I am surprised my friend did not give the person a bit of smack upside of the head. She only did that figuratively.

When we retire, we still go the speed limit, or perhaps a bit faster. We are just on a nicer, less crowded highway.

Inspiration Sunrise

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Inspiration appears elusive.
Thrash and Elliot parse this even further in that inspiration requires evocation, something without intention, transcendence, rising above the mundane, and approach motivation, the desire to actualize this thought. Brain wise, firing neurons attempt to connect to other neurons, exploring adjacent connections. Random firings connect with one another. Hopefully eventually.
Approach motivation requires intrinsic drive. Extrinsic rewards, money, does not have the same effect. More money might attract a larger team of people capable of inspiration, but once you have them, even more money would not cause even greater inspirations occurring. Having a team of inspired people together can cause a cascade of even more inspiration. Negative nellies, can damper the inspirational spirit. 
Inspiration requires privacy, downtime, and abstract thinking. Possessing the ability for abstract thought allows the individual to breakdown a problem or opportunity into its component parts and identify the patterns or themes giving rise to the problem or opportunity.
Inspiration requires mind preparation.
Sundays can do that for you.