Beat SAD Naturally and Effectively
The prospect of facing lower mood in addition to increased cold and less light can feel daunting. It need not, however, be so. There is a way through the dark clouds that is effective and has lasting results.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or, as it is commonly referred to, SAD, is a serious diagnosis that has gained increasing attention over the last decade. According to Psychology Today, SAD is a recurrent disorder in which episodes of depression occur during the same season, year after year. This condition is sometimes called the “winter blues,” because the most common seasonal pattern is for depressive episodes to appear in the fall or winter and remit in the spring.
If you have identified yourself, or have been identified as at risk for SAD, do not despair. While medications may be right for you, it is not the only solution to SAD. There are also important non-pharmaceutical options to try according to Johns Hopkins Medicine:
- Exposure to light – as hard as it may feel to motivate yourself, get outside for physical exercise and exposure to sunlight as much as possible;
- Bright Light Therapy devices – a proven, effective way to get more light under any conditions.
Let’s explore this option in more detail. Bright Light Therapy has been thoroughly researched and tested and is now the first choice of treatment options since it is relatively easy to arrange and non invasive. When northern winters reduce your exposure to light, light therapy devices stretch it back out allowing your body to produce the proper neurotransmitters that lead to more optimal psychological functioning. While not understanding the exact underlying mechanisms, light therapy has demonstrated significant clinical results.
That’s why we love the Yumalite. Most options for light therapy involve the expensive purchase of a large bank of lights that you set on a table and look at for half an hour each day. That’s great and it works but it’s not that practical.
Yumalite, on the other hand, is reasonably priced and does not interfere with your day. It’s a battery powered, lightweight visor that you wear on your head like a ball cap. It’s convenient and comfortable, you’d hardly know it was there. At the push of a button, the right amount of light is directed to your eyes. Wear the visor for 30 minutes in the morning while you get ready for your day. It’s simple and effective.