Yuka Yoneda

6 Green Ways to Ward Off the Winter Blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

by , 01/22/12
filed under: Design for Health

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GO FAUX

If you read the tip above about sitting near a window and thought “But what if I don’t have a window?” the good news is that there is another alternative. Daylight mimicking CFL lamps are hailed as an effective way to fight the symptoms of S.A.D. and can be used just about anywhere that has an electrical outlet. Each light comes with its own set of instructions but many of them work just like the sun, essentially persuading your body into thinking that it is soaking up sunlight and giving your psyche the associated mood-lifting effects.

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COLOR YOURSELF HAPPY

It’s no secret that we tend to associate sadness with colors like grey and happiness with colors like yellow, so why not use those mental cues to “trick” your brain into being in a cheerier mood? That doesn’t mean you have to paint your whole room banana-yellow (though we imagine that’d transform even the dullest board room into a lively space). You can just as easily baby-step your way into designing a brighter atmosphere for yourself by adding a few pops of crimson, teal, or magenta on pillows, rugs or picture frames. If you’d like to maximize the sunlight that you do have in your room, using mirrors to reflect and bounce it around is a tried and true interior designer tip. Read on for another way to add vibrancy to a dull room.

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