How to get the most out of light therapy; the hygge way

Light therapy: “or phototherapy, classically referred to as heliotherapy—consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using polychromaticpolarised lightlaserslight-emitting diodesfluorescent lampsdichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and, in some cases, at a specific time of day.” – Wikipedia

There is also a disorder called SAD (aptly named) – seasonal affective disorder – for which light therapy is commonly used. In this case it concerns a type of depression that occurs in fall or winter, due to lack of natural light. Therefore the treatment consists of sitting near a light therapy box.

But how can we use light therapy in our daily lives? And what added value does it bring us? Well, I personally have started to implement light therapy in my daily breaks and it has done wonders for me. So how do I do it? Well, every morning, start by taking a 5 minute walk outside so your body gets some natural morning light. This is supposed to inform your body that it is morning and therefore time to wake up and get ready to focus.

The same goes for your lunch break. Spend 5 minutes walking outside and soak up that midday light. It’s the only way to inform your body that the day is halfway over.

And lastly, 5 minutes of afternoon light before you go home. This will allow your body (and mind) to relax and get ready for the evening. It’s also advisable to spend some time in the dark before bed. And before that, spend some time away from laptops/tablets/smartphones/TV’s so you don’t get their artificial “morning” light, at least 1 hour before bedtime. This artificial light screws up your body since it tricks it into thinking it’s morning, which keeps you awake and alert and messes with your quality of sleep.

Try these things for a month and let me know if, and how, it helped you! For me, it’s been a life changer!

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