Tools of the Trade – SAD light

This is a continuation of my ‘tools of the trade’ series. You can see the rest of them by clicking here. Very occasionally they will contain affiliate links, which will be marked with an (a) after the link. These do not cost you anything, and will give me a small fee, or free software. Out of the whole Tools of the Trade series I think there are just three affiliate links, out of the 11 posts I currently have planned.

It is that time of year, where the amount of light coming into us is lessened and it seems like we spend a lot of the day in darkness, or at the least gloom. I have suffered quite a bit in the last few winters, often feeling very low and so last year I got a SAD light from Lumie.

Wow! Is it bright! Really, really bright. I use it when I sit down in the mornings, after my yoga and meditation sessions and it really helps. I think it helps me with my early starts, as I get a high dosage of bright light just over an hour after waking, which I am sure helps to set my body clock.

I do make an effort to take Buster, my Springer Spaniel, out early afternoon for his long walk, so I get a dose of proper sunshine as well, but that just isn’t always possible and I have to rely on my husband, dog walker, or go out at the end of the day in the fading light.

It really does make me feel better – I only have it on for half an hour or so, normally when I am writing first thing, but all the same it does help a great deal, I feel myself perking up as I am using it and feeling happier! If you feel like your work and life generally starts to suffer in the winter then please do give it a try, mine cost just shy of £100 and it really was money very well spent.

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