The past two winters, at the suggestion of my "shrink", I have taken winter vacations to sunny locations. And I haven't experienced much SAD. So this winter, I decided that maybe I don't have to worry about the winter anymore and I'd be fine. And it has been a pretty mild winter. Which is why it took me completely by surprise when Monday at work I realized that all the things that I've been experiencing more and more the past couple of weeks was very recognizable: I was slipping into the dark pit of SAD.
I immediately called my shrink, who is a very wonderful lady. She changed the dosage of my meds right away. The other things that always help are exercise and sunshine. So yesterday I ran two miles on the treadmill (OK, so it was great for the endorphins, but pretty bad on the calf muscles this morning!) Today was my day off work, so I planned to get together with a friend at the Arboretum to walk in the sunshine. No sooner had I finalized the plan that another friend (my walking buddy) called and said she was free to walk this morning. The sun was out, the temperature was mild, so I agreed to meet her. We ended up walking three miles. Here's a picture I took with my phone during our walk:
You can see it was a beautiful day for a walk. After walking, I worked on a couple of projects, had some lunch and left for the Arboretum, where my friend and I took a leisurely mile long hike. Then I got a text from my son, suggesting that he come over and walk the dog with me. Since I never turn down my kids on any offers like that, I agreed. A half hour after getting home from the Arboretum, Jordan showed up and we walked the dog -- to the Post Office, around the lake, through the wooded area and back home -- a total of three miles. Here a picture I took with my phone from that walk.