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!