Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Do you ever notice a shift in your mood or energy level as the days grow short, it gets darker earlier and earlier and if you are living in VT the sun seems to disappear for the entire season of winter? Researchers suggest bringing some light into your life during the long dark winter months for a mood boost. According to an article in the New York Times, plugging in a light box and sitting in the emitted light is shown to be as effective as consuming anti-depressant medication. It is found that it may also be helpful to some who experience chronic depression to introduce light therapy in addition to medication. Of course, it is recommended for individuals who experience seasonal affective disorder or depression in the winter months to also incorporate exercise, a healthy balanced diet, and to spend time outdoors (on the brighter days).
If you experience a shift in your energy level as we continue to head into the winter months or looking for a holistic way to treat SAD or depression contact VTCYT for more information on our services or to schedule a free initial consult.
Please follow the link below to read the NY Times article referenced above to learn more on light therapy.