Saturday, 28 November 2009
Lazy Saturdays and How to Banish the Blues........
I have had a supremely lazy day today, nesting on the sofa watching old films on TV.
The weather this past week has been horrendous.....thunderstorms most nights, driving wind and torrential rain. What little light there has been during the days has been grey and depressing.
So in an effort to banish the blues, I have taken the plunge and ordered myself a SAD light therapy pod which hopefully should arrive on Monday. I then need to spend about an hour each day soaking up the 10,000 lux lightwaves, which will throw a switch in my brain and release more of the mood enhancing hormone serotonin, while simultaneously decreasing production of the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin.
Well that's the theory anyway.
My 'light therapy' can be taken at any time during the day, while working or relaxing and I'm looking forward to giving it a go. I know from experience that a run of grey, dismal days will result in my craving sleep and feeling very low, while bright, sunny days lift my spirits and increase my energy levels, so it certainly can't hurt.
I've been promising myself one for years and years, but it has always felt like an unnecessary extravagance. However since practically the whole of November has been dismal, and we still have to endure the dark days of winter, I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead.
With any luck, by this time next week I shall be bounding round like a spring lamb..........