During the bleakest, coldest, darkest days of winter it can be hard to feel happy. Many people experience the blues during the winter, especially on grey overcast days. Some people will experience more than a seasonal funk, though, and develop depression every year during winter months. This is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). One of the ways to treat SAD is using light therapy. Before you run out and buy a light lamp for yourself, be sure to talk to your doctor and find out if light therapy is right for you.
Although I’ve never been diagnosed with SAD, years ago I lived in Eastern Europe where it would get dark around 3:30 pm during the winter. My doctor recommended that I try light therapy (combined with other therapies) to treat my depression. As a bonus, I’m also a chronic over-sleeper and light therapy can also help overcome this problem. After giving it a try I can absolutely recommend it to my readers. I won’t lie – it didn’t cure my depression. However, it did help me get up and go in the morning, and for a few hours I felt as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.