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Seasonal tiredness

There are so many things I'd like to be doing right now but don't have the energy.

I've got board game prototypes under development that I really want to be making new versions of and playtesting. There's one which had a publisher interested, and they wanted me to take a "final" version to show them at UK Games Expo at the start of June; I'm feeling that it's pretty unlikely to get the game into anything approaching a "final" state by then because I've just not had energy to work on it.

There are several other game prototypes in rather earlier states of development I've also had no energy to work on. There are other creative projects too, especially my webapp Multiverse on which I've done barely any development in the past year or two.

And I'd like to be blogging quite a bit more as well! I post depressingly rarely on here, given how much stuff I do and find interesting.

What strikes me about this tiredness is that I had something rather similar last year. In both cases it started around late winter, maybe December, and I had very little energy all through spring and until June or so. Which rather suggests to me that it might be something seasonally affective.

It's very frustrating being low in energy, as woodpijn well knows, much better than I do; she's had her frustrating fatigue for a lot longer than I have and hers doesn't seem to let up in the summer. woodpijn has tried a number of potential remedies over the years. One she hasn't tried is lightboxes, which seem to be one of the standard recommended treatments for seasonal affective disorder. I guess I may be getting one of those, and who knows, maybe it'll help with her fatigue too.


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Apr. 16th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry if this is in the 'yes of course I already thought of this' category - but if it's in the dark months particularly, it might also be worth getting your Vit D levels checked?
Apr. 19th, 2016 08:59 am (UTC)
That's a very good suggestion - I hadn't thought of it but I'm kinda kicking myself for not having thought of it as it does make a lot of sense. Will definitely check it out. Thanks!
Apr. 16th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
This year seems to have caught more people with tiredness - I've been fairly bad for the last couple of months, as has Lydia (I've kind of stopped calling her Polaris after playing Devil Survivor 2, in which Polaris is the final boss....). I'm pulling out of this now, though (so's she, actually), and I'm suspecting it's got more to do with bad sleep patterns and maybe some post-viral fatigue, given I was quite ill over Christmas.

Much of my fatigue was non-physical though, or at least not usually physical - there would be times when I could quite easily go for a run but not have the energy for creative endeavours.
Apr. 17th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
Seconded to VitD levels. I'm cursing myself for having been somewhat sporadig in taking my supplements while fatigued, given that can't have helped matters. /-8

From my perspective, it's definitely brighter now. This means you're welcome to borrow my light box if you like; I won't be needing it until the nights draw in again.
Apr. 17th, 2016 07:15 am (UTC)
*sympathy*. I know how you feel. I've been stalled for months.
Apr. 17th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
*sympathy* Oh no :( Best of luck, I hope you find something that shifts it.

It's a long shot, but is there anything which is sometimes a cause of SAD appearing now when it didn't before, in case that points to a cause/solution? Especially if that MIGHT be something causing woodpijn's permanent malaise, although that's much more of a long shot.
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