Seasonal Affective Disorder and tanning

I start to hit the tanning beds about this time of year! I know I know, you have to be so careful with skin cancer. But from my readings, skin cancer is only a problem when you BURN, and I don’t burn after only 6 minutes in a tanning bed 😛 I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. And no, that doesn’t mean I just have the blues because of lack of sun, it means I get really depressed and struggle to think clearly.

Tim suggested I get a tan on Friday (poor guy was putting up with my crazies) and I came home so happy and bubbly again! So, yesterday he says to me, “I think you should go get a tan every single day, for at least a month, until you get feeling better.” He’s so funny how matter of fact he is 😀 I guess Friday I was good after the tan, and Saturday was ok, then Sunday was pretty bad.

Often times I don’t even notice when I am getting the crazies like that until Tim mentions something. Usually, I sit there all moody, apologizing to him over and over and wondering out loud why I am feeling that way and it’s not his fault. (he usually apologizes too and says he probably made ‘it’ worse) What a sweetie, eh? That’s usually when it hits me that it’s not normal, and something is off.

So, I was scouring the internet looking for a picture of a tanning bed that didn’t look so BAD, and this one, where the lights are off was the best I could find. Should tell you something. Hmmm.

Let me tell you why I put myself through the possible risks associated with tanning beds. For starters, S.A.D. makes you CRAZY and depressed. I find my energy level drops severely and my husband suffers. When I tan, it’s like someone turned a light on in my brain, and thawed out my bones which began to feel frozen from the inside. It’s the one time of the day when I don’t feel freezing cold and wish I could just live in the bath tub of hot water.And it lasts for at least 24 hours!

So is using a tanning bed worth it? Honestly, right now it is, but in the long run? I don’t know! Thankfully, I don’t live so far North that it’s like this year around, or I really WOULD worry about tanning every single day. What do you think about Tanning beds and tanning in general? do you suffer with SAD?

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13 Responses to Seasonal Affective Disorder and tanning

  1. Gidget Woods says:

    I have been laying in tanning beds since I was about 16 and I have one but it’s not hooked up. It always makes my self conscious feel better also.
    Is there a sun screen we can you
    And what about a tanning loation
    If so please let me know the name of them and send me pictures of the products. Thank you so much

    • Christine says:

      Gidget, did you see my answer to you on Fibro Buddies?

      • I did if it’s the one that you got in Hawaii when you were gone for the holidays the reason I was asking I’ve always laid in a tanning bed since I was like 16 got some skin cancer last year and they froze it off and had to cut one place off but tanning and being dark makes me feel good about myself because right now I am dealing with so intense pain that I can’t stand it and I just want to feel good about myself again and if I could find a good tanning lotion and a sunscreen I will probably go back just to get a base tan because I am so insecure about myself right now all I do is isolate myself in the house because of the pain and I feel like I look awful because I have been black black from tanning since I was 16 years old but if that’s the one you’re talking about your Hawaiian trip or you showed that one I did see it I just don’t know where to purchase it and thank you for the group and everything you do

        • Christine says:

          Hey Gidget! I am worried about you tanning when you have had skin cancer! Have you asked your doctor if this is safe? He might have some options for you on dealing with the pain and other symptoms too. Hang in there! <3

  2. Gidget Woods says:

    I posted a comment under the tanning post could you please answer it and email me the information. Thanks

    • Christine says:

      Hi Gidget! We have been on holidays, out of the country even! Just started on our way home. I will get back to you in a couple days 🙂 I found a great sunscreen while in Hawaii and will take a pic and share it with you soon! Thanks for your patience! Have you found my support group on Facebook yet? You will get much faster response there <3 Happy New Year!

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