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February 18th, 2008

wandering @ 12:45 am

Current Mood: cold cold

I explored the mother of all art supply stores today - Sekaido in Shinjuku. It has six floors, with one about 75% devoted to just watercolor supplies. Yowza. Would have gone to the 8 bit cafe or 16SHOTS - video-game-themed bars (icis_machine, I think you should go there), but they're closed on Sundays, alas. Was gonna go to a goth club in Shibuya, but my back was killing me and I was feeling quite meh, so saved my $25 for some other time.

And speaking of meh, I've been pretty massively depressed for the past month or two - not really getting out of bed much, sleeping an awful lot, and being completely unmotivated to go anywhere or do anything. I suspect part of it is due to this whole 'winter' thing which I'd mostly avoided by being in California; it being cold and cloudy is one surefire way of dampening my spirits.

At least my Japanese class seems to be going decently well; my verbal comprehension seems to be going way, way up.
 
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From:icis_machine
Date:February 17th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
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that does sound pretty awesome.

and i have been trying to see if there is a goth club open while i am there but i seem to be missing dark castle by a few days.
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From:moof
Date:February 17th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Check out jgoth.
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From:agntprovocateur
Date:February 17th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
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the "working depression", probably helpful is you get some vitamin supplements and the light therapy ( as suggested in the other comment) too. i find that the only way to fight it is through exercise and even i am bad about being cosistent with it.
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From:moof
Date:February 20th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
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The vexing bit is that I get a fuckload more exercise now than I did whilst in the SFBA. I walk at least fifteen minutes a day, going to and from work if I take no detours - and I usually end up wandering around a bit more.

I'm probably going to try the B12 thing Aiken mentioned; I seem to crave a lot more protein than I did in the US, and that might be related.
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From:agntprovocateur
Date:February 20th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
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good, then definitely supplement with vitamins. my bestest to you. :)
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From:agntprovocateur
Date:February 17th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
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if you check out the gigantor art store, i have that favor that can be easily checked out there. i'm looking for a Riso Print Gocco Arts for CLOTH (B5 size)
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From:epim
Date:February 17th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Have you considered picking up a lightbox to treat your winter depression? I'm -told- they're really effective, but I dont have any experience with them.
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From:amaninthemoon
Date:February 19th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
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It's been a looooong time since we really hung out online, so I'm not sure if you know how cynical I am these days. If you have any inkling, then I hope it will help you believe I'm not some vitamin nut.

That said, get some B12. I had bloodwork this year that showed me so lacking that it was affecting nerve function. When I added supplements, both my energy and my mood elevated immediately, and significantly. I use a sublingual spray, works pretty quickly and pretty well.

As for the light box, I've never used one, but honey has. It works for her. It also helps set the body's daily clock and get you out of bed, if you're not getting enough morning light through a window.

I think you could also supplement your vitamin D, since that's the chemical side of sunlight deprivation. Your body doesn't synthesize enough vitamin D when not exposed to sunlight.

Good luck.
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From:amaninthemoon
Date:February 19th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
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Whoops, clicked the wrong reply link. This wasn't actually a response to epim, but rather to the whole thread. :)
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From:aelfsciene
Date:February 20th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
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Meh, sorry to hear you've been down, I can only offer commiseration because that's where I've been, too. Even CA hits my SAD-meter, apparently. *hug* Hope you feel better soon!

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