5 Ways to Get More Light This Winter

5 Ways to Get More Light This Winter

Sit as close to the window as possible. Brightness decreases significantly even a few feet from a natural light source. Take light breaks. Instead of longer walks outside (even 20 minutes can be torturous in cold temps!), aim for 5-minute chunks throughout the day: take a coffee break outdoors with a heated mug, walk to the corner and back, or hop off the bus a stop early. Spend time in rooms with light-colored walls to amplify the light from windowsand lamps. Socialize in bright places. Both community and adequate light are correlated with lower levels of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Kill two birds with one stone--museums, rec centers, ice rinks, swimming pools, and libraries tend to be well lit and fun places to gather. Remove your eye wear briefly when outside. Many glasses are now coated with an anti-glare shield that blocks blue light, the kind that promotes wakefulness and good mood.

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