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  •  I've found two things (4+ / 0-)

    to be helpful.  First, getting out into the mountains to think it over, because as someone else mentioned, once those walls close in you just can't think about things rationally.  You need space and time in which to come to such a major decision, and if you give yourself space and time while reserving the option, chances are good you won't have to use it.

    The other thing?  I ask the Cat.  The Cat knows what is essential in life, and reminds me when I forget.  The Cat wants enough food, but isn't too picky about what and knows when he's had enough so he doesn't fret about stockpiling.  The Cat knows how to hunt, and will remind me about how that's done.  The Cat wants a warm bed, but it can be as small as a packing box and newspapers are just as good as velvet cushions from His point of view.  As long as we are safe (for at least the next six hours) and warm and not starving, he will curl up and go to sleep.  And as long as I can sit beside a warm, contented Cat, I know that not everything is lost.

    •  Thank you for that; that's very wise. A few (0+ / 0-)

      recurring themes I see in the answers are the important of human contact, exercising, and nature.  When it comes to aches and pains, and feeling depressed, one of the most effective "treatments" I've seen is to go out and enjoy nature, and to take a long walk.  Exercising, including Yoga or Tai Chi are also great.

      But just taking a long walk in nature is the best...

      •  Long walks in the sunshine can be very helpful (2+ / 0-)
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        but weather can prevent that for many of us. I have learned after moving to northern Illinois that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is very real. If your friend lives in a place with long winter nights (or constant cloud cover), SAD may be a contributing factor. Symptoms usually build up slowly in the late autumn and winter months. Here is a link to more information. I now have light therapy lamps on my office and home desks.

        "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's the thing you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain

        by Expat Okie on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:18:32 AM PST

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