5 Ways to Beat the Autumn and Winter Blues
Updated: Sep 5, 2020
You'll realize that many people seem to be depressed, sad, melancholic, or irritable. As the fall/winter season closes in, it can cause something known as the 'winter depression' or 'seasonal affective disorder' (SAD).
It's basically a sensitivity some people develop due to a lack of light, cold weather, and the general negative aspects of the cold season. The symptoms vary but usually include depression, constant fatigue, melancholy moods, mood swings, loneliness, and sadness.
If you've ever felt like this, you know it kinda sucks - big time. That's why it's important for our health to push through this and to stay positive. That can be difficult since it's been scientifically proven that as the climate and weather starts to change, humans actually start to feel gloomy and miserable.
I'll skip the statistics, but in some countries, up to 20% of the population experiences the winter blues.
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So how do we avoid feeling gloomy and depressed?
Try Light Therapy - basically, it means getting more light into your home and spending more time outdoors during daylight.
There are special light therapy lamps that you place in front of your face to help you absorb light.
To ease the symptoms of winter depression and SAD, you need to be exposed to 2,500 lux (lux is a measurement of the intensity of light). Unfortunately, offices and most rooms in the house get around 300 lux. Imagine that on a sunny summer day, there can be a maximum of 100,000 lux! No wonder if you're getting less light, it can be a mood dampener.
What you can do:
1. Add more lamps/lights with stronger lightbulbs. Think about adding more bedside lamps around the house for extra light. Of course, you should keep the lamps stylish!
I recommend getting bedside table lamps and tall lamps that you can actually move around the home to wherever you need more light.
An LED floor lamp is the perfect light source. LED lights are not as harsh to the eye and are good if you plan on reading in your little comfy nook.