Winter is cold and dark, but it doesn’t have to be miserable and stressful. You can bundle up against the cold and fight off the dark with your own lights. Here are five ways lights can help you destress this winter.
Put a small light on your keyring
You’re probably going to take your keys with you literally everywhere you go. Pop a small light on your keyring and you’ll never have to deal with the frustration of fumbling around locks in the dark. Keyring lights have lots of other possible uses too. Basically, it’s a way to make sure that you can see where you’re going wherever you are. That’s one cause of stress removed!
Light the way to your door
If you have a garden, then putting motion-sensitive lights along the path to your door can make your life much easier – and safer. Even if you don’t have a garden, it’s good to have a decent-sized light by your door. You don’t need to mess about with cables. In fact, you might not even need batteries. Most places get enough winter daylight to power solar lights.
Use light therapy to take care of your skin
Winter may be the worst time of year for your skin. It’s cold outdoors but warm indoors (possibly too warm). You may have limited opportunities to get outside in the daytime, so your body has to make do with artificial lights. You know you should stick to healthy living, but it can be hard to eat and drink healthily, exercise, or get high-quality sleep.
In short, the average winter lifestyle can really take its toll on your skin. That can be a cause of stress and that stress can make your skin even worse, causing more stress. The way to deal with this is to do what you can to deal with the cause and the symptom. Keep your lifestyle as healthy as possible, practice good skin care, and invest in Omnilux light therapy.
Fake yourself some daylight
Try to change out the bulbs in your main lights for daylight LEDs. If you don’t want to waste the old bulbs, keep them and use them to replace bulbs in less important lights. Going forward, make daylight LEDs your first choice. They might not have the mental health benefits of real sunlight. There are, however, a whole lot better than many other artificial lights.
You can also get “sunrise” alarm clocks. These light up slowly before finally sounding the alarm. The idea is that the light gently alerts your body to the fact that it’s getting near time to wake up. Then when the alarm sounds, it doesn’t feel like such an unpleasant shock to your system. These can make dark winter mornings a whole lot more bearable.
Get a SAD lamp
If you’re really struggling with the lack of sunshine, then you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. You can buy special lamps which give off the right type of light waves to treat this. They’re widely available online and in health shops.