|I like to use my therapy light while using my computer.|
By nature, I'm a spring and summer person. I'm already missing my outdoor summer swims in the bright sunlight. So many people love the fall. There are many wonderful and beautiful things about the season, but watching the days getting shorter and darker has always bothered me. However, I have noticed that I feel better in the fall, the more time I spend outside in the daytime, and at night, so, I try to do that, and it helps. But there have been times, over the years, that I haven't spent as much time outside as I needed to, and I almost always became depressed during those times.
Saturday was a typical early fall day where I live. It was dark and dreary, and I spent the day inside and started to feel somewhat melancholy. That night, however, I had plans to go to a street festival in the art district of my city. I got there around sunset and it was beautiful. My boyfriend and I ate dinner from a booth serving food from one our favorite local restaurants, outside at a picnic table, in a dining area that was part of the festival. While we were eating, we watched the sun go down. I enjoyed taking in the beautiful pinks, blues, and purples, of the sky.
After dinner, we walked around, looked at booths from local vendors, and watched a band play as it got darker. I gazed up at the dark blue night sky behind puffy white clouds and felt happy. At that moment, I thought of the importance of spending time outdoors in the fall, even though there is a temptation to hibernate. I have had good falls and winters, and those have been when I have tried to appreciate the seasons for what they offer, and have allowed myself to get caught up in the merrymaking and festivities that abound during the darker months. And the light therapy can't hurt, so I'm going to continue to use it.