Sunlight. Is. Medicine.
As we come to a close of Daylight Savings Time on our corner of the hemisphere this November 2nd, 2014, we say goodbye to longer days and hello to winter nights. This brings a sense of impending doom for some folks. If this is you, you’re not crazy. The body and mind are both involved in this case of the blues – you may experience both a biological and psychological reaction (sometimes called SAD – Seasonally Affective Disorder).
Here are some options to soften the severity:
- Make friends with a photographer or a gardener, if you’re not one yourself. They always know where the light is.
- Build in walks outside around midday. Take a mental sanity sun break every day to step outside and take a few deep breaths in the light, even if it’s chilly.
- You light up my life… There are light boxes or sun lamps that can emit a sun-mimicking glow. Here are some tips on choosing one.
- Stockpile Vitamin D. Any kind is a good start. Innate Response is a trustworthy brand.
- Consider a light therapy alarm clock. Our bodies respond to certain types of light at certain types of day… mainly to whatever natural light does.
- Be gentle on yourself. Dial up comfort in your daily routine. What brings you comfort? Music? Fuzzy socks? A Heating pad? Chocolate? A day off here and there? Plan these in.
- Book an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help your body adjust to change, and especially the way Daylight Savings Time can affect your sleep pattern.
Know that it will all be OK. The coming winter shadows are also a gift. And they won’t last forever, I promise.
“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.” – Frank Lloyd Wright