Depression is a topic that everyone should know about and talk about.One in five Americans will be affected by mental illnessand even more than that two thirds of people with depression do not actively seek out treatment or receive proper treatment.
Now, more than ever, with people being stuck at home, depression is a topic that cannot be avoided.
One of the ways to help combat seasonal depression (or being stuck at home indefinitely) is with light therapy.
TheMayo Clinic explains exactly what light therapy is.. Light therapy is also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy. Light therapy is used as a treatment for several conditions, including: SAD, types of depression that don't occur seasonally, jet lag, sleep disorders, adjusting to a nighttime work schedule and dementia. During light therapy, you sit or work near a device called a light therapy box. The box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.Most sessions last from 10 to 15 minutes. The length of the session depends on how well you handle the treatment and the strength of the light box. Someone new to the method may be given shorter initial treatments. The more powerful the light box, the shorter the treatment session can be. Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms and helping boost serotonin.
A few other good takeaways about how light therapy could work for you:
The lighting in your office can have a considerable impact on your productivity! Our internal clock is regulated by the rising and setting of the sun. So it stands to reason that light will keep you awake and alert. Dimly lit spaces trigger the release of melatonin, which makes you sleepy, causing you to be sluggish. If you can arrange your workspace so that you are near a window with natural light, great! But even that may not be enough with shorter days and, therefore, limited daylight. A desktop sun lamp could be what you need to reset your body’s clock and have a productive day.
Relieve Cabin Fever
Sunlight promotes the release of serotonin and endorphins which brighten your mood almost instantly. When a cluster of gloomy days deprives you of natural light, it can make you feel “blah.” Sitting in front of a 10,000 Lux light box for just 30 minutes can mimic the effects of natural sunlight, and have you feeling better in no time! Orfor some of us, like myself and my co-founder, being in Southern California, if you can simply get outside in the sunshine for some time every day, this will help.
Promote a Healthy Metabolism
It’s all about that circadian rhythm! When your body is exposed to sunlight in the morning, it kick-starts your metabolism.Your metabolism is responsible for converting your food into the energy you need to function throughout the day. Light therapy combined with exercise and a healthy diet can keep your metabolism functioning efficiently and ward off that extra WFH weight.
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Don’t stay in the gloomy shadows of your blinds, get outside or get some light to help lower your stress and boost your productivity.