Light Therapy for the Dark Winter Days

Because the days are shorter, the weather’s colder and because I have had several friends ask me if this really does work, I feel compelled to re-share my experiences with light therapy.

Living in Maine has been an amazing experience. The food scene is phenomenal, the city of Portland is thriving and the summers are absolutely incredible. But the winters. My goodness, they are long, dark and cold. And while I love the idea of snow and having a white Christmas, come January 1, I’m ready for spring! It’s quite a change for an Alabama girl.

And so, after struggling through five winters here in Maine, last year I finally decided to invest in a light to help boost my mood. Light therapy is intended to balance your body clock and
help to alleviate the nagging symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In fact, there are clinical studies that show that ion therapy provides an automatic antidepressant effect within a few days of use.

The light was budget friendly and had great reviews so I made the investment in hopes it would help boost my spirits. And wow, I had an almost immediate lift, both physically and emotionally as soon as I started using this light. I started with 30 minutes, just sitting by the light with my coffee and some reading and within a few weeks, all I needed was 15 minutes to get me set for the day.

I literally pulled this back out the day the clocks changed and I’ve been fairly dedicated at starting my mornings by the light. I’ve also increased my vitamin D intake, because like most New Englanders, I was quite deficient when tested recently. And now that my children are older, I’m going to push myself to be outside more this winter and do my best to enjoy the activities the winters in Maine allow for us. (Hold me accountable to that last one please!!!!)

What do you do to help fight the winter blues? Let me know in the comments!

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