“Weekly Blog: Shine a Little Light”

Shine a Little Light Light Therapy

I am not sure about anyone else,  but when it started to snow on Saturday, leaving the white stuff on the ground on Sunday,  I really felt the effects of the “white” on Sunday.  Mind you the sun did come out as well, which amplified that effect for sure.  I took the opportunity to snap a photo showing the contrast of the white of the snow and the blue of the water of Lake Anima Nipissing (which is on our facebook page).  If you take a peek you will know what I am talking about.

Whether you like snow or hate it, it does bring us out of the grey and dullness of November.  It is the grey and the drop in light that zaps our energy, increases our food cravings (and I don’t mean cravings for vegetables ), disturbs our sleep patterns and generally makes us feel a little low in November.

So, what to do?  Well, keep up the walking outside in the sunshine when you can, eat healthy carbohydrates , stay hydrated, ensure that you stick to a regular sleep routine and perhaps consider adding some light to your life.  SAD lights have been around for many year.  In fact, I purchased my first SAD light about 20 years ago, realizing then that I had a recurring pattern of low energy every Fall.  I sit in front of my SAD light for 30 minutes each morning from October ( sometimes September) until around March.   SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and it is effects many people living in this part of the world.  It is brought on by our reduced exposure to sunlight beginning in the Fall Season.  Because the symptoms of SAD can vary in intensity and may be something else, it is always best to check with your Doctor to discuss your symptoms and perhaps the use of a SAD light.  Light Therapy is being  studied in the clinical setting as a way to treat depression.  Lisa brought my attention to a recent study on this and this link can be sent to anyone who is interested.

SAD lights are available locally through our pharmacies and home health businesses which also gives us the opportunity to speak to professionals at these locations.  In fact, they are 25% off ( until this Sunday November 29th) at Findlays!  If you are interested in more information regarding SAD and light therapy, check your inbox on Friday for this week’s Education Piece from the Mayo Clinic.

Have a fantastic, light-filled day!

Lorrie

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Lorrie Mickelson Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, M.A., B.A/BPHE

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