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Do the dark, short days of winter make you feel seriously depressed? Do you just want to sleep and sleep? Do you withdraw like a bear going into hibernation? Is your energy level even lower than it had been? Do you want to overeat, especially craving carbs? You may have Winter SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mood disorder that seems to be triggered by the lack of sunlight.
If this rings a bell, then it would be a great idea to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. One of the therapies that has become popular is the use of a light box. Light boxes come in different shapes and sizes, but they all feature a very bright, full-spectrum light, Using your light box for 15 to 45 minutes early in the morning can be quite effective in fooling your body into thinking it is getting a dose of sunshine. Of course, getting out into the sun when the weather and your health allow, is therapeutic, as well!
I haven't had a full-blown case of SAD, but I do get blue, irritable and anti-social in the winter, often cocooning myself in my home and hibernating for long periods of time. This can make my body feel run-down from lack of activity as well as make me go down the rabbit hole with too much rumination.
I bought my Lightphoria Sphere light box (pictured above) on Amazon four years ago and still pull it out every winter to help me get over the hump. I set it up slightly to the side while I'm reading or on the computer, set it on 45 minutes, and let it do its magic. I notice a difference in my mood and my energy. After the first few times I used it, I felt a bit like I do on an early Spring day: a gentle lift in mood and energy. Many people believe that the use of the light box improves their sleep, as well.
Unfortunately the Sphere light box is currently out of stock, but Amazon offers many different brands and models of light boxes, so you can find one that is just the right price, size and style. The nice thing about shopping on Amazon is that you can read reviews before you buy!
To learn more about SAD and light therapy, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder and mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/in-depth/seasonal-affective-disorder-treatment/art-20048298
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