During the winter, many people experience seasonal depression. If you add that with anxiety, it could be a long winter. How can you help this depression out?

I'd like to admit before you read more, I battle anxiety. I do feel I battle seasonal depression as well, and it's very common. We are not alone. The U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). How can we beat that? One way, light therapy.

MUO explains how light therapy works: It works by attempting to give you artificially-supplied sunlight.

In essence, the theory is that you can “reset” your biological clock by making up for lost sunlight exposure, which should avert those internal changes."

Pick lamps that have Whiter and brighter bulbs. The brightness of a lamp is measured in Lux, and the higher the Lux rating, the more light it gives off. Remember that distance matters from how far you sit from the lamp, and how bright it should be. Light therapy lamps are available in incandescent, fluorescent, and LED varieties.

MUO has a complete list of lamps to check out. Do you suffer from seasonal depression? How are you dealing with it?

 

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