Many people suffer from depression, especially during cold months. Although this post is about how to beat winter blues, seasonal depression can strike at any time.
There are those who have odd work shifts who don’t really get to see the sun, they could also benefit from these therapy lights.
Seasonal depression usually develops in a person when they’re in their early 20s, as they get older the risk decreases.
But really who wants to suffer this type of depression at all?
As winter approaches at least 10 to 20%, begin to suffer from mild symptoms.
Many people during this phase crave comfort foods which include simple carbs such as pasta, bread, and sugar.
This type of food induces fatigue as well as irritability.
Some say this is the cause of seasonal blues, but in my experience of working with people, not only is food a cause but also the lack of light.
Personally myself I love it when the sun is out. It’s so much brighter; I instantly want to go outside to enjoy the daylight.
I usually order my therapy lights around this time.
I have many clients who prefer these therapy lights to help them get through their day.
The best therapy lights are the lights which induce warmth as well comfort.
What is winter blues syndrome?
Winter blues syndrome also known as seasonal affective disorder usually strikes around the middle of autumn. This is when the days grow shorter, night start to fall faster.
Some people are susceptible to the dark. When darkness falls faster, our body says we should be resting, but the time on the clock says we should be doing other things.
This type of depression appears only at certain times of the years. It also runs in the families.
The symptoms of winter blues syndrome are:
- Feel like sleeping all the time
- Tired all the time
- Eating more sugary, starchy foods
- Gaining weight
- Feeling sad or guilty
- Hopelessness will ever get better
- Very irritable
- Avoiding people or activity, you used to enjoy
- Being stressed out
Why should you use the best therapy lights to beat the winter blues?
Light therapy has been proven effective for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder a.k.a. Winter blues syndrome.
The intense artificial light induces a change of chemicals to the brain which helps to improve the mood and relieve the symptoms.
At least 60 to 80% of people find relief with therapy lights.
Some of the best therapy lights can be used at work as well in a home environment.
Reasons to use therapy lights:
- Therapy lights are safe
- You wish to avoid antidepressant
- Therapy lights help to lower the dose of antidepressant medication
How to use therapy lights?
First thing I want to mention is to make sure your therapy light is 10,000 lux.
- During light therapy try to keep a regular sleeping schedule
- The light box should be placed on a table by a chair where you can relax comfortably
- For the effects to occur, make sure your eyes are open at all times but don’t stare directly at the late
- Do light therapy upon awakening in the morning
- Begin with 30 minutes per day
- If desired you can also start doing light therapy in the evening
- Light therapy response usually takes 3 to 4 days, begin as soon as you notice any tinge of sadness
- The most important thing is to be consistent
- People who have Bipolar disorder are suggested not to use light therapy
The risks of therapy lights are:
Light therapy is generally considered very safe. Some side effects have occurred in my clients. They are usually mild and don’t last too long.
- May cause headaches
- Induce agitation