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- Phototherapy (light therapy) directly addresses what is thought to be the cause of seasonal affective disorder. During research into the condition in the early 1980’s it improved patients’ mood, thereby providing proof that dwindling sunlight causes the disorder.
- There have been other advances in technology that help make homes lighter. Heliostats are tech savvy devices that reflect sunlight into the home. A computer directs its movement according to the angle of the sun.
- Clear away any foliage that block the light out, open blinds and if you can afford to, install a skylight.
- Getting more light into your home also helps even if it isn’t direct sunlight. For example, this NatureBright Sun Touch Plus Light & Ion Therapy Lamp has been clinically proven to alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder after just a few days of use.
- Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Omega-3s play an important role in mood and are found in abundance in fish like mackerel, salmon, and herring. You can also guarantee sufficient intake by taking omega-3 supplements.
- The use of a large air purifiercan also elevate mood. In the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine the use of purified air to treat seasonal affective disorder was researched. Other studies have shown that as a treatment it is on par with bright light therapy.If you read these UV air purifier reviews you will see that they have more benefit to the home than just an elevated mood.
- Spend more time outside. Get as much light as possible, even on cloudy days. There is thought to be maximum advantage if time is spent outside within two hours of getting up in the morning.
- Mind-body therapies may help relieve depression symptoms and stress. These include: acupuncture, yoga, and meditation.
- Get physical exercise. Keeping fit and doing exercise release endorphins or “feel good” hormones. It also relieves stress which can worsen depressive episodes.