Oddly, what also helps is my dawn simulator and my GoLite - both of which devices I've discussed here before. I know these things work for me. I wonder why, in midwinter, I tend to dismiss them. Might be the same kind of thinking as when I'm watching my calories but think two squares of chocolate, instead of the one I usually allow myself, won't do any harm today.
When I stopped working I had travel as one thing I wanted to do more of. I had no idea it would become a near obsession with me. After nine trips since late June, we're now scheduled for five days on the Washington coast next month (timeshare), ten days in Santa Fe in March (home exchange), and three weeks in the midwest in May (road trip, genealogy, shareholders meeting, Elderhostel class). For next January we've now confirmed a three-week home exchange to Ecuador.
We're budget travelers, usually, except for an occasional splurge like our trip to Italy last October. Fortunately. We're living on retirement income, after all. But I am so grateful for the freedom of time we've been given now that we're not working.