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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Many of us in Calgary, Alberta, where the winters are long and cold, suffer from SAD (Seasonal Effectiveness Disorder). Some more severely than others. I found a website that provided a quiz that determines the severity of your SAD. They said that all of us need 20 minutes to 2 hours of morning sunlight to be healthy. Depending on how severe your SAD is would determine how much sunlight each person needs to combat this disorder. The results of the quiz determined that I personally needed 30 minutes of sunlight every morning, to combat the symptoms of SAD in my life. That is easily remedied for me with a 1/2 hour walk every morning. When it is cold, it is harder to motivate myself to dress me and my dog with enough clothing to fight the elements. Today was sunny and not too cold (6 degrees Celsius). But it was very windy, as there is a cold front moving in. As I walked, I imagined the sunlight and fresh air going into my body and distributing their healthy benefits. As the wind blew, I imagined it blowing away all my cares and concerns. It was a wonderful walk and I am not sad!
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    Hi Maureen...I live up here in Oslo and before that up up up there in the Arctic and know exactly what you mean about SAD! You have a great post here! I have been off work this month and had been able to get outside and hike... I feel so different compared to when I was working indoors during the sunlight hours five days a week. The sunshine really matters! I love your imagery!

    Thank you for the great blog! emoticon
    1838 days ago
    out with the bad air in with the good and let your chakra glow
    1840 days ago
    very interesting
    1840 days ago
  • LIS193
    You have a great attitude!
    Sending you some sunshine from Mexico
    1840 days ago
    What a great natural cure!! So many benefits for you and for your dog, too! Very smart of you to do the research AND to develop the frame of mind to succeed and do it. Good for you!!!
    1840 days ago
    you have such a great attitude. Good for you!
    best of everything!
    1840 days ago
    I'll send you some Aussie sunshine and you can send
    me some of he chilly weather to cool off. emoticon
    1840 days ago
    That's really interesting! Yesterday and today have been overcast and rainy and I have felt really dumpy for both days. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon
    1840 days ago
    That is so valuable. I don't live in a place nearly as cold but being a So.Cal beach girl, the cold and shadows from all the pines affects me tremendously. It is a crazy circle to be sleepy because of the lack of sun and then find the energy to grab what you can so good for you for doing this great thing for yourself and doggy too! emoticon
    1840 days ago
    Sounds amazing! Thank you for this information emoticon
    1840 days ago
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