For most, feeling down in the dumps as summer slips away is normal. For others, it's always a really difficult time of the year.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, for short, affects 5% of adults in the United States. The associated feelings of hopelessness, restless anxiety, and exhaustion are tough enough to deal with when you're out and about every day. If you work remotely, you might need some extra help in order to keep your SAD symptoms in check.
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
SAD describes the depression that many feel during the winter. The sun, a natural source of Vitamin D, stimulates the production of serotonin. In its absence, we may begin to feel depressed, seemingly for no reason.
Some other Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms include:
- A change in mood that comes with the turning of the seasons
- Depression during the colder months of the year
- Low energy and difficulty sleeping
If all of the above sounds familiar, we've got plenty of advice to share.
How to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder When Working Remotely
There are so many ways to uplift yourself when Seasonal Affective Disorder begins to set in for the winter:
- Yoga and meditation
- Art therapy
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Counseling with a therapist
- Vitamin D supplements
- Using a dawn simulator, also known as a therapeutic light
According to some studies, one of the most effective ways of treating SAD is through light therapy. This CNS Drugs journal study found that daily exposure to a calibrated light in the morning improved the disposition of nearly half of their trial participants after only two weeks of treatment.
It sounds wild, but the logic is there. We can simulate our biological response to sunlight to our advantage. Choosing a light therapy lamp for your home office is one homeopathic solution that we recommend without question.
Phototherapy: How to Use a Dawn Simulator for SAD at Home
If light therapy sounds like just the ticket, we've got options for you. Lastar specializes not only in attractive light fixtures—they're also deeply invested in light therapy in a clinical sense.
The CM011-CL005 Lastar light therapy lamp is as sleek and compact as it is psychologically beneficial for SAD. It fits comfortably on your nightstand for traditional dawn therapy or on your desk in your home office.
Lastar recommends that you use it for twenty minutes daily, right as you're waking up in the morning.
This adjustable light can also be used periodically throughout the day any time that you need a break and a boost, all without leaving your desk.
Other Types of Lights for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Light therapy lamps don't always need to be prescribed by a doctor; if a lamp improves your mood, we don't care about the pedigree, and neither should you. Lastar's other selections also have plenty to offer people seeking relief from SAD, all in impeccable decorative style.
This Lastar floor lamp, for example, is an extremely cool light for your home office in a general sense. If you've got SAD, you can adjust the light's brightness and color temperature to match the specs of any dawn simulator that you can find online. It's also compatible with your smart sockets, which means that you'll never have to worry about remembering your preferred configuration of settings.
And, of course, if you choose to buy the floor lamp, we have to recommend the Lastar desk lamp to match. It comes with all of the capabilities mentioned above; you even have a nightlight function designed to gently bring the day to a calm and peaceful close.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Working From Home Doesn't Have to Suck This Winter
If SAD is something that you know and dread, another winter working from home is likely nothing that you're looking forward to.
Take a leaf out of our book and keep a bit of sunshine on your desk for those days when it feels like nothing is going right. If light therapy sounds like it might be the best option for you, Lastar has got you covered this year.