Though you may only be walking 15 minutes, it still helps. It is a bonding experience for you and your dog too which is great. I have a friend that comes over and that helps me. Plus my dog gets rather demanding when she wants to go for a walk. So it works well for me. The walk only takes me about 20 minutes, so that isn't much more than you go.
I have never done group therapy, but it sounds good. The only thing is that you don't get one on one with the therapist, but it can teach you social skills and sharing. So it must be good for you.
I have found social situations to be exhausting at times. I think when we are depressed, it seems much easier to keep to ourselves. It is comfortable. But sometimes it does us good to go out of our comfort zones. So I am really proud of you for going out with a friend for coffee. I know it is hard when you are depressed.
I found with my fibromyalgia, I get exhausted over the simplest things. But depression can do that also. I hope that the group works for you. I am glad that you are going to have the therapy. Keep up with the graphics for cards. Sounds like fun. I haven't learned how to do art on the computer yet. I have some different things that I can do as I have a touch screen. But nothing comes out very good. I will keep trying.
Take care, keep posting.
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies