I played badminton for the first time last night! And I had a blast! Although I was a total newbie fraught with performance anxiety, I managed to get over my fears and insecurities and jumped into games with really, really good players.
The physical and mental benefits were felt immediately, and therefore, I'd like to continue playing. My allergies and now the onset of SAD have caused me to be very sluggish. But physical exercise is such a mood-lifter! And I was grateful to discover that I can still manage to be active in spite of my oppressive allergies.