Getting Rid of the Winter Blues With Light
I DREAD the winter months. Everyone who knows me can vouch that I loathe everything to do with the white stuff. It’s not just the cold, or the high hydro bills, nor is it the endless shovelling, layers upon layers of clothing, extra laundry or lack of color outside. The fact of the matter is, winter affects me in a negative way. The darkness, the lack of sunshine and Vitamin D intake (even though I take a supplement) take me into a bit of a depression.
Mooshinindy has written about her struggle with the same sort of thing and I could relate to her feelings of sadness and depression in these darker months. I’d researched the idea of purchasing a light, but never ended up taking the plunge and that was 4 years ago. Call it skepticism, or maybe the fact that I didn’t think it would work ‘for me’. I don’t really know why I didn’t buy one, but it never happened.
This year, the dread crept up on me yet again, but I had our vacation to look forward to, so I was distracted. Ironically Verilux contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out their Happy Light. It’s designed to improve your mood, fight fatigue, increase alertness and help with your personal energy naturally with light therapy.
“Researchers at the National Institute of Health demonstrated that white light, in range of 2,500 to 10,000 LUX, helped to reverse symptoms of “Winter Blues.”
Since we left shortly after for Europe, I didn’t get the chance to test it out until I came home, which was perfect really considering I was struggling with jet lag and had a 6 hour time difference to recover from. They say you should use it on a table or another fla surface at or below eye level within 2 feet of your face. I keep mine next to my bed and turn it on while I read. You only nNot only did this light help me get back to my natural rhythms, it’s upped my mood considerably. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next month brings!
The nice thing about this light is that it has a tilt feature so you can tilt it 15 degrees forward or backward. You can also hang it on the wall, if that’s something that makes sense for you and adjust the brightness. Bulbs can be removed and replaced with ease as well.
I’m going to go off topic for a second to tell you about something that happened on Tuesday. Earlier this week at 4 am the power went out. I had to get the kids ready and make lunch without any sort of light. It was pitch black, the batteries in our flashlight were dead and our LED candles didn’t provide enough light.
ReadyLight has a Night Glow Strip that leads you to the flashlight without lights. It has a shock-resistant solar panel that NEVER NEEDS REPLACING and can charge flashlights for up to four hours. This thing saved me. Highly recommend!
Verilux offers a wide array of other products including The CleanWave Sanitizing Wand that uses the same advanced UV-C light technology used to sanitize hospital equipment for over 30 years. It also:
- Kills Up To 99.9% of Germs on Hard Surfaces*
- Destroys Odor-causing Bacteria*
- Sanitizes Without Chemicals or Irritants
- Effective on Allergens
If you’re looking for a USABLE, smart and practical gift for someone in your life, Verilux has intelligent products that will make your life healthier and happier. I’ve seen them sold in Costco stores across Ontario, online or you can check out their website for more info.
ALSO, they’re currently holding a fun contest so you can enter to win your own! Find out more details here, http://bit.ly/2eFPObc.
*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*