If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues and improve your mood, you can use light therapy lamps. Sunrise Sensations has some of the most beautifully crafted light boxes on the market! Use this UV-free 10,000 lux, LED light therapy lamp to indirectly expose the retinas of your eyes for 15-20 minutes per day, as studies have shown that light therapy lamps help to ease symptoms of SAD.
Another way to beat the winter blues is to use talk therapy, which is very similar to taking counseling sessions. Your doctor may refer you to a talk therapist to improve your mood and fight symptoms of SAD. In fact, studies have shown that patients who participate in talk therapy and at-home light therapy go into remission completely, 80% of the time. These two forms of SAD therapy combined are highly effective in treating this disorder. Find your therapy lamp right here at Sunrise Sensations!
The third and final method for beating the winter blues and improving your mood so you can start to feel better is "healthy living". This involves eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains, and taking a walk every day. Spend time in the sun whenever you can. A walk in the sun will effectively alter your mood for the better, even when the air outside is cool or cold. Be health conscious as much as possible, and listen to your body. Add something new to your workout regularly, and be sure you don't forget your light therapy sessions each day.
Certain people should not use light therapy lamps, such as those who suffer from bi-polar disorder, as it could trigger symptoms of mania. If you are already under the care of a mental health professional, light therapy can be used to enhance the effectiveness of your other ongoing treatments for seasonal affective disorder or SAD.
SAD is a mood disorder that significantly affects the function of daily activities. People with SAD exhibit feelings of depression, including fatigue, isolation, anxiety, overeating and oversleeping, to name a few.
Light therapy works to relieve symptoms of SAD or the winter blues by simulating the effect the natural sun has on our bodies. This restarts the circadian rhythm or internal biological alarm clock that has gone out of sync with the decrease in natural light from the sun as the days become shorter and colder.
You can do this type of therapy as part of a daily self-care routine right at home, in your own living room. Often, doing some light therapy and taking a vitamin D supplement every day will ease the symptoms of SAD and restore you to normal function during the fall and winter months. See our beautiful light therapy lamps right here on our home page, at Sunrise Sensations, for the best quality light boxes around!