Light Therapy For Depression

Bright-light-boxesWhen you are suffering from depression, whether it is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the winter blues, you may feel like there is no way out. You might feel alone, anxious, worried, or sad. It doesn’t have to be this way. Bright light therapy may finally offer you the relief you have been looking for by lifting the cloud of depression symptoms that have been hanging over you.

Every person has experienced the effect that weather can have on our moods. On a bright, sunny day it is hard to resist putting a smile on our faces, being productive and wanting to be outside. However, on a rainy, dark gloomy day, we feel the opposite. Most of us want to spend the day inside, under a blanket, hiding out from the world. While we notice these changes that weather can bring, this is just the tip of the iceberg for those suffering from SAD or the winter blues.

The days getting shorter in the fall and the weather getting colder through the winter often means the beginning of SAD in some people. This depression leaves people feeling lethargic, anti-social, unproductive, and depressed. It can cause weight gain, irritability and headaches. Remember how you feel like hibernating every once in a while on a gloomy day? Now imagine feeling that way for an entire season or two. Bright light therapy helps alleviate depression symptoms 80% of the time.

Bright light therapy involves spending time near a full-spectrum white light on a daily basis. Some people will spend as little as 10 minutes near the white light each day and will feel their symptoms dissipate. Others will need to spend an hour. Bright light therapy is highly individual and will depend on what works for each specific person. Bright light therapy will in as little as three days, increase energy and sharpen focus. With daily bright light therapy sessions, you will start to get your life back long before the sunny days of summer arrive.

While the exact causes of SAD are not known, it is believed to occur in some people when they receive limited exposure to daylight. Bright light therapy is thought to be a replacement to sunlight during the darker period from late fall through winter. Bright light therapy is believed to affect the part of the eye that communicates to the brain, regulating and affecting mood. SAD can be a debilitating depression for some people, affecting their careers, their personal lives and their health. Some might not know that bright light therapy is the answer while others may have been reluctant to try.

We are here to tell you that there is nothing to lose by trying bright light therapy…and everything to gain. Order your light box today, or consult with a doctor if you have any medical questions. But know that relief from your SAD symptoms is only a few days away with bright light therapy.