Unfortunately way up here near Canada we've already have lost an hour of light.
The temperature has already dropped into the 50-60 degree range. Doom and gloom season is upon us.
Normally I enjoy fall but something about this year is getting to me. Time to focus and time to build my SAD toolset up.
Make today the day that you get on top of your SAD.
Posts might become a little less frequent while I do this so hold tight!
I'm often asked what light sources that I use.
I hate to give recommendations out of fear that someone is going to get ticked off. So this post is definitely not a recommendation for anything. I'll simply describe what I'm currently using. That's all. Nothing more.
Drum roll.... I'm using the BluLite by phillips.
Most of you are probably already aware of this particular light or already have it. It seems to work well for me. I primarily use this light to wake up. I have the timer turn on the light the same time every morning. The timer + blue wavelength is what I really really needed.
There are other lights to be sure. A ten second search on google will bring up lots of guides like Best SAD Lights of 2017.
I don't know how useful those guides are. Typically I just buy and try. You really don't know in advance how well a light is going to work before you try it.
Don't over think things. Even the comments in the review section of amazon won't do you much good. Mostly they're just griping about infrequent defects that all products have.
Robert Ringer in his book "Winning through intimidation" put forward the theory of next.
The idea is simple but can be viewed in two different lights.
One is to always be focused on the next thing because the current thing might not work out.
The other, suggested by just the name of the theory alone, is to always be focused on the next thing.
How does that help with SAD?
If it's a particularly bleak day focus on the next sunny day. Prepare for it. Think about.
If it's fall and you're feeling down, focus next spring. Focus on getting in shape for spring.
If it's the dead of winter and you're sitting in the dark at only 6pm plan a trip. (You don't have to take it.)
Keeping your focus on what's to come can be a lifesaver.
(Remember that this blog is just my random thoughts. None of this is medical advice.)
Just a northern guy battling the winter blues and information about my daily life + thoughts.