I Love Christmas! The snow, hot chocolate but I can only last about 3 months of dreary weather, I’m all for fireplaces and cosy blankets but after a while, I just start to hibernate. Unfortunately, the English weather is unpredictable and most likely to be raining so for someone who loves the sunshine it can get a bit depressing sometimes.
I find it creeps up on you until you don’t understand why your feeling down and when you do figure out you need some sunshine unless your rich and can afford lodes of holidays you are pretty much stuck.
First of all, I just want to say that, I am not a doctor or a health professional so please keep that in mind and if you are feeling really low please contact your doctor.
I have to come clean and say I have self-diagnosed myself with SAD disorder so I don’t know if I truly have it but I seem to have most of the symptoms.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons, your symptoms typically start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
So how do you combat this if you are not wealthy and can’t jet off to an exotic island? A SAD Light, these are lights that mimic the sun and help improve mood and sleep.
I bought mine on Amazon for £37.99 but there are lots of different ones that you can choose from, the one I bought is called the LightTheripist and I’ve had it all through the winter months and I must say I do recommend.
It’s thought the light might improve your mood by encouraging your brain to reduce the production of melatonin (a hormone that makes you sleepy) and increase the production of serotonin (a hormone that affects your mood) but I must admit I don’t fully know the science behind it.
The device is simply plugged in and is very easy to use with just an on and off switch. I must admit it isn’t the prettiest thing in the world but it gets the job done plus it’s a little bulky so you need a bit of space ( the product is Height: 28cm X Width: 21cm X Depth at the widest point is 8cm) but its not a big deal.
I use this light when I start to feel tired and cranky in the darker months, you can put it anywhere near a plug but I like to keep it on my desk so I can use it when I need to concentrate and feel more awake.
The changes I personally feel when I use the SAD Light is I am much more awake it’s like my brain switches back on from night mode, my mood improves, I feel more relaxed and focused and it overall just makes me realise its day time, not night so I don’t go into complete hibernation.
If you feel like winter turns the snooze button on in your head I would highly recommend buying the LightTheripist it’s so easy to use and works well so what more can you ask for?
If you believe you are suffering from Seasonal affective disorder please consult with your doctor! Thanks for reading Xxx