The seasons are changing, as we’re all aware, and the Indian summer we experienced a couple of weeks ago is now a fading memory.
I tend to struggle a bit when it gets to this time of year but generally just try to ignore my sluggish sense of being and low mood until it passes. But this year, Mr Weatherman has well and truly been playing with my heart strings, offering up inexplicably glorious days at the beginning of October, only to replace them a few days later with soggy doom and gloom.
I’ve been toying with the idea of a light box for a couple of years now, in an attempt to combat the winter blues, although I’ve never really got as far as buying one, for one reason or another. But when I woke up on Monday to a wet, overcast and generally bleak morning, with a mood that matched the weather, I decided that I wasn’t going to feel like this for the next six months and resolved to give this light therapy thing a go.
For me, using a light box at work would be the most convenient place – I spend five out of seven days in the office and the neat little box fits well on my desk whilst I work, so would be the perfect wake up call when I roll up at my desk each morning. That said, I was nervous about ordering the box to arrive at the office, unsure about what my colleagues would say. It was inevitable that I’d get questions like “what’s that for?”, and I didn’t really feel comfortable about replying with “well, I’m a miserable bitch who can’t make it through the winter and I need some help. But I’m not insane – honest!”
‘I’ll soon be sat at my desk with my light box on, wearing a bikini and sipping a cocktail, just hoping to catch a tan from its rays…’
As many as 1 in 8 people in the UK get the winter blues though, and at least 1 in 50 people are thought to suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), so I told myself that I wasn’t alone in feeling affected by the season change and shouldn’t feel ashamed for seeking out ways to alleviate the struggle.
Luckily, I received really positive feedback from colleagues when the box arrived yesterday. I did get the awkward “what do you use that for?” question but we all managed to have a laugh and joke about how I’ll soon be sat at my desk with my light box on, wearing a bikini and sipping a cocktail, just hoping to catch a tan from its rays. Now, that image alone is enough to cheer me up!
The box that I have bought (a Lifemax Light Pod) advises that you do not use it for more than 45 minutes a day, which is a non-intrusive little chunk of time, although a colleague of mine suggested that I live dangerously and carry my Light Pod around on my shoulder, like a boom box – another image that raised a smile, so already, my light box has brightened my mood with all the laughs it’s given us!