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Am I the only one depressed or is it just the winter blues.

By smokey4 - 16 July 2008 52

Am I the only one depressed. I’m at the point of packing up and leaving.

Canberra is a great place as long as you can escape on the weekend however the increasing cost of fuel is putting a stop to that.

The Krudd government seems hell bent on upsetting the masses. Water, environment and now IR unfair dismissals all seem to be heading for a less intelligent path and all headed for a bureaucratic nightmare. Can’t they get anything right.

What has Canberrra got to offer? Why should I stay?

[ED – Maybe the Live In Canberra entertainers could be retasked to Stay In Canberra?]

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52 Responses to
Am I the only one depressed or is it just the winter blues.
peterh 10:24 am 17 Jul 08

look, no-one likes winter all that much, some become hermits.

We all wait for the spring change, flowers, sunshine and regular coffee at the cafe next to yarralumla nursery (well, I do, anyway). winter is not that bad.

Winter just means that we go indoors at a cafe, restaurant or bar, the big gas heaters are turned on, and you can enjoy the company of your family and friends over a christmas in July feast, when turkey, plum puddings etc can be eaten without forcing everyone out of a stifling heated house, into a hotter back yard.

If we go to a sporting event like, say, a hockey or rugby match, we can sit in our cars with the heater on, rug up in jackets, thermals etc and wander around on the sidelines.

Booroomba rocks are great in winter, looking down at canberra from the rocks in the morning makes you feel that you are looking at the ocean, with several hills looking like islands in the fog.

the air is clean, the bushwalking is great, close to home, and you can visit all the places that you always wanted to, they won’t be full of people, as the “cold” makes sure that the tourist numbers are down.

If you don’t like it try living somewhere like darwin where there are two seasons, wet and dry. no winter, but then, no temp below 30 degrees.

I am certain that you’d complain about that, too. (everyone new there does, eventually)

Skidbladnir 9:58 am 17 Jul 08

Way to go.
The first part of beating a depressed mood\episode is admitting that there’s a chance it is there.
Actually identifying a stressor is secondary to actually sorting out the mood.

If you’re “at the point of leaving” it sounds more like just a reactive adjustment depressive mood instead of an actual clinical depression (But I’m not a doctor, so don’t base your decisions just on what I say).

One of the “identifying depression in the work place and dealing with it in colleagues” training sessions I did a while back had the full list of coping mechanisms people might want to try…
From my local copies of notes:
*: problem-focused coping, which is the practical and physical dealing with stressors by actively problem solving, and restraint, which is waiting for an appropriate opportunity to act.
*: avoiding, minimizing, distancing, or seeking value in negative events.
*: efforts to diminish stress by utilizing available situational or environmental factors. The most commonly investigating mechanism in this category is social support.
*: personal approaches or individuals’ cognitive orientations. This category includes constructs such as an individual’s hardiness, sense of coherence, and locus of control.

@ Scribble RE: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
It seems to be primarily caused by lack of natural sunlight in winter, and a very short daylight cycle associated with the higher latitudes.
We’re about 25 degrees too far north to be affected by clinical cases of SAD.
(SAD is most common in latitudes above Scotland, which is at 55degrees north. Canberra is at roughly 35 degrees south, 35 degrees north is the one that runs through Kashmir, Cyprus, and the Isle of Crete)

Thumper 9:54 am 17 Jul 08

Yeah, i love those dead still, foggy mornings when the grass crunches beneath your feet.

Mælinar 9:38 am 17 Jul 08

I know, Canberra has porn – hehe.

la mente torbida 9:34 am 17 Jul 08

Why should it be…”what has Canberra got to offer?”

Get out and about, winter is on of the four seasons that Canberra experiences. It has it’s own joys (walking the dogs at 6am on a cold, frosty morning), just like spring, autumn and summer.

Canberra probably has more to offer (within a reasonable distance and at reasonable cost) than any other city in Australia

tylersmayhem 9:05 am 17 Jul 08

Hi smokey4: I do understand where you are coming from to a point. I think there is a lot of people who feel the “Winter Blues”. I’ve recently moved back to Canberra from overseas, and while I love it here, I’ve gone in to hibernation mode this winter. While living overseas, it was also in a very dark and cold environment over winter, but there was absolutely heaps to do, it was easy to get around and relatively cheaper if you were earning the local currency.

I agree with everyone who’s suggested to take up a hobby, maybe like a community college course for 8 weeks or so which will bring you in to the slightly warmer weather. I did one of these courses recently and it was really good. Exercise also might help you perk up a bit (and stay warm).

Have you only recently moved here. Perhaps if your job is giving you hassles, start applying for a new one. Might be just the ticket.

Good luck, I hope you decide to stay in this great town.

Danman 9:05 am 17 Jul 08

Beyond Blue and Vitamin D should do wonders.

Perhaps you have a chronic ilness that you are not aware of?

My (Treated) T2 diabetes mixed with my (treated) sleep apnoea and a few late nights in a row leaves me prone to the occassional random attack of depression.

It usually only lasts a week or so and my wife helps me through like a legend

Mælinar 8:45 am 17 Jul 08

Try anywhere else on for size and you’ll find it equally as dissapointing. Water, Environment, IR dismissals and fuel prices have sweet f.ck all to do with actual location in Australia.

The issue is that the previous lot did absolutely nothing but sweeping the muck back under the carpet for 12 years. Its actually quite normal that when the maid then needs to clean the carpet that there’s a cloud of dust.

Come back down to reality.

Naturally, whomsoever decided Canberra would be a good place to put the national capital obviously didn’t like the coast or warmer climes, but if that is your natural tendency, follow your own lifestyle choice. Heaven forbid you are stuck here because you have overreached your working capacity and are sucking off the teat of the Government in fear of the real world.

niftydog 8:45 am 17 Jul 08

What’s ruddy Kevin’s policies got to do specifically with living in Canberra?!? Sounds to me like you need a hobby!

Or am I missing something? If I lived in say, Melbourne, do strangers knock on your front door and invite you to do something fun, or do you still have to put some effort into enjoying yourself?

Thumper 8:21 am 17 Jul 08

Fuel prices? No. It’s an incentive to find another way to get around, such as, using your legs.

Walking to the coast is an interesting concept…

Scribble 8:07 am 17 Jul 08

For the SAD, find a sunny spot and soak up the photons (apparently very bright light can help as well).

For the ennui, head to the visitor info centre on Northbourne Ave, grab a handful of brochures and pretend to be tourist for a weekend (see also the LP Guide to Experimental Travel for tips).

And in future consider avoiding questions like “What has Canberra got to offer? Why should I stay?”… it makes you sound like a 12 year-old (I’m bored/are we there yet).

You 7:19 am 17 Jul 08

Fuel prices? No. It’s an incentive to find another way to get around, such as, using your legs.

Rent/house/general cost of living prices? Yes.

Jonathon Reynolds 1:06 am 17 Jul 08

Smokey4:
Are you starting up the “Leav’in Canberra” marketing campaign?
I don’t think you’ll get the same junkets overseas that the government was giving out to the PS staffers if you are encouraging people to actually move away.

RuffnReady 10:54 pm 16 Jul 08

Find something to do – Canberra has so much to do it’s hard to complain.

As for the Rudd govt “upsetting the masses”, you’re kidding right? They are the most populist, LCD-driven government I’ve ever seen! They just caved on the emissions trading scheme entirely for populist reasons.

johnboy 10:22 pm 16 Jul 08

Small Bars.

Living in NSW I realised how badly they suffer for only allowing big licensees. So you end up drinking in a barn with animals.

First night back I stopped into The Front for a quick one while waiting for my pide (another reason to stay in Canberra) and it felt like I’d been away years too long.

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