Even if you aren’t someone who generally struggles with depression, you may still find yourself a bit down when the fall and winter months hit. An estimated one in four people suffer from SAD and, furthermore, four out of five of those are expected to be women. I am one such woman and, when I first realized I had SAD, I wouldn’t accept it. Growing up, I’d go into my mom’s room in the start of fall and see her sitting under this very bright lamp (a therapy lamp) and I always thought it seemed so absurd. It turns out, like mother like daughter, because now I suffer from it as well. I’ve developed some adjustments I make around this time of year to my home, my schedule, and my habits to help fight seasonal depression. If you’re looking for ways to do the same, without medication, try these.
Add twinkle lights
Having plenty of light around your home—both inside and out—will help fight the emotional darkness (as well as the visual). String twinkle lights up in the ceiling of your living room, and if you have a balcony or patio, put some up there too to create a charming outdoor café look.