5 Ways to Beat the End of Day Light Saving Time & Shine From the Inside Out All Year
3-minute read with a special end-of-daylight-saving-time promotion - $50 off the HappyLight Deluxe with the coupon code LIGHT50.
Have you looked out the window lately and said to yourself, "I can't believe it's only 5 p.m. It's so dark?" all the while your heart sinks thinking about how long winter is?
We completely understand that challenge at Verilux and help our customers be their best vibrant & joyful selves all year long with light therapy - especially during the darker time of the year. For that reason, this week we're sharing 5 simple tricks to defeat darkness during the end of daylight saving time. So grab a hot cup of tea, light your favorite candle, and learn how you can shine all winter and right into spring!
1. Turn on an energizing HappyLight in the morning when you wake up
One of the reasons why we can feel so lethargic during winter is because the sun's intensity and presence lessen as its path in the sky lowers. Instead of shining directly down on us for many hours a day, the sun glides by on the horizon for just a few. By turning on your HappyLight in the morning as you get ready for the day or while you eat breakfast, you trick your body into thinking it's a brighter, sunnier day than it actually is. Your serotonin production goes up as a result, followed by your mood and energy levels.
2. Go for a walk at lunchtime
Although the temperatures get colder in winter, it is essential to get outside even when every part of your body is screaming to stay inside in more comfortable temps. Getting outside for 15-30 minutes a day (particularly, on days when the sun is shining) has positive effects on your mood that will stay with you long after you head back indoors.
3. Use your HappyLight as a healthy alternative to caffeine
One of the most frustrating parts of winter is that we can often feel like no matter what we do, we just can't get that pick-me-up that we need. It's tempting to down more coffee or even energy drinks, but both of those can make us feel more wired and frazzled than we want.
HappyLight used in the morning can defeat morning sluggishness and also when used in the afternoon, can defeat the afternoon slump. A 10-15 minute afternoon dose of bright light provides a similar energizing pick-me-up as a second cup of coffee but it's healthier and more nurturing for your body.
4. Accept social invites - even if you're tempted to lay low
It can be very tempting to stay at home and lay low until spring when the days are dark and the winter blues set in. Some days, you may even find yourself envying bears who get to hibernate for six months out of the year. But resist the urge to hibernate. Make a commitment to do a certain number of social activities a week to prevent isolating yourself. Staying social helps to avoid a downward spiral that can easily happen during the colder, darker months of the year.
5. Be kind to yourself during the winter
Often times it's easy to wonder what's wrong with us when we start feeling down in winter. It can feel like a dip in mood and energy is our fault for not eating healthy enough, not exercising enough, or not being positive enough. But know that winter blues is a real thing. At least 20% of the U.S. population experiences some degree of symptoms caused by sunlight deprivation - which means you are definitely not alone. Always remember to be kind to and patient with yourself when you have an off day or week. Being gentle with yourself will help you have a happy and healthy winter.
Wondering why so many people swear by their HappyLight to get them through the winter?
HappyLight is a simple way to brighten your day with powerful effects. Through Sunday, November 19, 2017 buy a HappyLight Deluxe Light Therapy Lamp and save $50. Try it out for yourself and see the difference. As with all HappyLight products, the HappyLight Deluxe has a 30-day, risk-free guarantee.* Turn on your HappyLight and get your happiness back with light today!