YHF: Helping ease the winter blues with light therapy

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In today’s your health first, light therapy.

With daylight saving time coming to an end, the days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker earlier — which is causing some people’s moods to change.

SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is a mood disorder, characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year, typically starting in the fall and ending in the spring.

A professional we spoke to said using light therapy can help battle its effects. It’s a bright light that mimics natural sunlight and works to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep like serotonin.

“I do notice a difference in myself when I use the light therapy,” said Angie Mock, manager of Lor Spa.

“I also like to travel during the winter and get that natural sunlight, so if I can’t do that, I do like to substitute with the light therapy.”

Mock said the light does not emit harmful rays. It won’t cure the depression, but it can help ease symptoms.

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