FLUORESCENT DAYLIGHT LAMPSIf 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.
It’s easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you’ve got the sickly pallor to match and it’s not nearly as sexy on you). If you’re lucky enough to at least have a window in your workspace, open those shades and try to angle your desk so that you’re able to bask in the sun (don’t forget to wear sunblock, even in the winter months). For those of us whose windows face brick walls or even worse, are non-existent, try to soak up any bit of sun you can by finding a sunny spot to sit in during lunchtime to battle seasonal affective disorder symptoms. Better yet? Ask your boss to install a faux LED skylight. Aside from making your day more pleasant, they’ve been shown to improve productivity up to 15%.
Since we get a lot of our vitamin D by soaking up the sun’s rays, a deficiency of this vital nutrient could very well be what is causing your foul cold weather mood. Luckily there are lot of delicious foods that you can eat to bump up your intake of D from shiitake mushrooms to salmon. Click here for a list of the foods with the most vitamin D and work them into your winter diet to ward off the winter blues.