Have you ever felt a little depressed during or after the holidays? Maybe a little more tired, less energetic, or just not as happy as usual? It could be that you have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Good news, changing your mood could be as easy as changing a light bulb! According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is a type of depression that is related to changes in the seasons and light therapy may help. Light therapy, which is exposure to a bright broad spectrum light, can help make up for the lack of sunlight exposure and reset your body’s internal clock.
You can purchase special light therapy boxes – sometimes called happy lights – that are designed to provide the right kind of light and sit in front of them while you eat breakfast, work, or do other activities. Replacing the light bulbs in your home or office with ones that are more similar to daylight may also help – look for lamps that are labeled as “daylight” and have a light temperature above 6000 Kelvin – though they may not be bright enough alone to achieve the same effect as specially designed light boxes.
For more information, see your doctor and ask about how light therapy might be of benefit to you.