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Light Up Your Life to Beat the Winter Blues


Adjusting to the suddenly dark evenings is a little rough for me, even though I truly enjoy and take advantage of the extra light in the morning. Lack of it makes me a little blue; does it do that to you, too? One way to perk up your mood is to increase the amount light you enjoy on a daily basis. While getting up and exercising in the morning sun for 30 to 60 minutes can help relieve the Winter blues, that can be a tall order, especially when it is cold. Spending more time exposed to sunlight during the day can help, too. So get out and walk at lunch to see the sun during the day.

It might also help to increase the amount of artificial light in your office or house in the darkened evening hours. You can brighten things up with eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs. The light spectrum emitted by fluorescent bulbs has a greater potential to lift your spirits than the spectrum from traditional incandescent bulbs. So make your life a bit more cheery by turning on some lights.

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