Natural Light and Happiness – Beat S.A.D. Before It Starts
With the cold weather arriving, it means shorter days and reduced natural light. Not only does this affect your evening routine, but it can also affect your overall health and happiness. If you’re feeling the winter blues, you could be affected by Seasonal Effective Disorder (a.k.a. SAD).
Unfortunately, the solution isn’t as simple as putting a few extra lamps throughout your home – artificial light is a poor substitute for natural light. However, there are solutions for increasing natural light in your home.
Read on to learn how you can change your lighting – and your mood!
What is S.A.D.?
Without the natural light of summertime, your body is receiving much less vitamin D than it requires. This can lead to symptoms of depression such as difficultly waking up, lack of energy and a tendency to overeat (among others).
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How can I treat my S.A.D.?
The best way to deal with S.A.D. is to beat if before it starts!
There are simple ways to increase natural light in your home. Start by putting up more mirrors – this will help reflect the light that enters your window around the rest of your home. Next, remove heavy curtains and try painting with high-gloss, light colours. You’d be surprised at the difference a lighter coat of paint can make.
Painting your eaves white will also help reflect light into your home – and don’t worry if your home’s exterior is a different colour, the eaves are inward facing so no one can see from the curb-side.
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Do my windows affect S.A.D?
Installing a skylight in your home rather than a regular, vertical window can increase the natural lighting of a room by 30%, reducing stress levels and helping you to get that much needed sunlight all winter long.
You’re fighting a losing battle if you don’t consider your actual windows when trying to optimize natural light. Did you know that older, outdated windows actually prevent rays of light from entering?
Don’t let your mood be negatively effected by winter! Even during the darkest part of the year, it’s possible to keep a good flow of natural light streaming into your home. Beat SAD before it even starts with these helpful solutions and take control of your happiness!
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