Navigating the Intersection of Work and Mental Health
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Working Better and Stressing Less

Ideas on work and mental health

It's time to be SAD :(

It's August and it's in the 80s and 90s here in Portland. So why the heck am I thinking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) now? Believe it or not, despite how warm it can be in August and September, those are the months when SAD sufferers often begin to notice the waning light of summer. 

Non-medication therapy for SAD usually includes a combination of excellent self care (diet, exercise, sleep), early morning light, and bright light therapy. You can read more about bright light therapy for SAD here. 

In my little online shop here on the website, I list a few light therapy devices that I've tried. I like to maintain a few loaner lamps for my clients and this year, I have my eyes set on adding the one pictured here which helps get the light into your eyes at the right angle (from above). 

Dawn simulators are another great tool that carry less potential risk to clients with bipolar depression than 10,000 LUX bright light therapy. My last one broke so this year I'm planning to buy and review this little one from Phillips. Dawn simulators help wake you up with light during the dark months of fall and winter. 

Remember to read more on light therapy and SAD before doing BRIGHT light therapy (10,000 LUX lamps above) as it acts as an antidepressant (yay if you have unipolar depression) and can throw some people into mania (not good, if you have bipolar depression). As always, it's best to have your mental health or medical professional give you personalized guidance on light therapy practices.

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