If you suspect you get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then maybe the thought has crossed your mind of investing in a SAD lamp, but wondered whether it’s worth it?
SAD, or winter depression, is triggered by reduced exposure to sunlight, and those who are affected, tend to feel it coming on around the clocks going back, and the days getting shorter. It’s thought around one in three people notice the winter blues – where they feel more tired in the mornings, notice a drop in mood, and have less energy to get things done.
If this is you, and you’re noticing it coincides with the darker days, and then seems to lift once the clocks go forward in the Spring, then that’s six months of feeling less than yourself! So it’s really worth exploring the options of what can be done about it.
This was me until around six years ago, when I decided to invest in a specialist desk lamp. I bought it from Lumie.com, which is based in Cambridge, UK and is involved in researching and creating lighting to relieve the symptoms of SAD. I knew didn’t want anything that involved having to sit for 20 minutes each day with my face in a light box (who has time for that?) so the desk lamp was an ideal option. I think it was around £120 but money well spent, as I just don’t get SAD anymore.
It’s also great when it’s cold, wet and windy outside, and the idea of going for a walk feels hideous, I just sit at my desk with my light on, and get my hit of sunshine. I remember the first time I used it; I just switched it on, and got on with my work and within around 10 minutes I had this feeling of calm relaxation wash over me (seriously!), it was wonderful! Now I have it on all year round, for as long as I am sitting at my desk working.
There is also a wake up alarm you can buy, which I have as well. I think I paid around £100 for that. It gently wakes you up with a light that mimics sunlight. A much kinder way of being woken up, as opposed to noise. Although you can choose to be woken by a dawn chorus or a rooster, but this wasn’t very much welcomed by my husband, so now it’s just the light!
My advice would be, if you suspect you have SAD, do invest in one of these lamps and notice the difference (and it literally is straight away) I’m not on commission by the way from Lumie, but they seem to me to be the original inventors of these things; there are other cheaper versions out there of course, and maybe they are just as good, but I’d rather go with a company where this is all they do.
Oh and I just checked out their website, and they offer a 45 day trial when you buy from them directly, which is more than long enough to see if it really does work for you.
Wishing brighter days, your way.
Sarah Swanton is the Founder of Happy Healthy Entrepreneur, which is all about helping business owners and entrepreneurs successfully navigate their way through the ‘inner journey’ of being self employed, so they can do their best work with clients, and build a business that supports them, not exhausts them! Click here to get access to your free Mindset Toolkit for Entrepreneurs which includes the self hypnosis audio ‘Switch Off & Relax’ as well as a copy of the Burnout Antidote Framework