This time of year is full of fun for many. Fall fans associate these pre-winter months with beautiful leaves, fashionable sweaters, and all things pumpkin. For others, however, the Fall season can be a challenge. The change in temperature, howling winds, and lack of sunlight can really put some people right into a funk!
If you notice that you’re feeling down in the fall, just know that you are not alone. In fact, season-related-moodiness is actually a common problem and has been identified as a real medical condition: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to WebMD, SAD is most common in women and is usually seen in people between the ages of 15 and 55. Symptoms include mood changes such as anxiety, depression, or grumpiness as well as physical changes like weight gain, extreme fatigue (even when getting plenty of sleep), and carbohydrate cravings.
Most medical professionals believe that SAD is closely related to a lack of sunlight. While we can’t control how many hours per day the sun shines here in New York, there may be a way to trick your brain into thinking there are sunny skies: Light Therapy. Light Therapy is often suggested for those who suffer from SAD, and it’s a pretty easy treatment. All you need is a special light called a Light Box, an invention designed to give off light similar to the sun’s. All you need to do is plug it in and enjoy some “sun” for however long your doctor suggests. With consistent use, you may find yourself flipping right out of that Fall Funk and jumping back into some Fall Fun!!
The best part: some insurance companies will even reimburse you for approved Light Boxes!
For more information about SAD, see what WebMD or The Mayo Clinic has to say.
To learn more about how Light Boxes work, click here.
And, of course, to start tackling your own seasonal blues, check out The Sunbox Company or Verilux.