{design ideas to help with seasonal affective disorder}


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an extremely common disorder that affects almost half of a million Americans. The winter months are dark, gray, and gloomy, which often makes our moods mimic the dark days.

However, here are six tips to help you beat the winter blues.

Rustic Exterior by Aspen Architects & Building Designers Architecture

  • Invest in a light therapy box.
    These little boxes pack a mean punch against seasonal affective disorder. The light in these boxes is significantly brighter than that of standard light bulbs, and the bright lights help regulate your circadian rhythm, and they increase your energy and mood. These lights are best used in the morning to start your day off fresh! Only 30 minutes of a light therapy box a day can make a significant difference.
  • Open up your blinds and let all of the natural light you can indoors.
    Yes, the winter can be darker than those lovely summer months, but you’d be surprised how much natural light comes in even on the dreariest days.
  • Add more windows or skylights to let in more natural light.
    Windows and skylights are beautiful year-round, so why not prepare yourself for seasonal affective disorder before it even has the chance to hit by adding extra windows for natural light.

Farmhouse Porch by Portland Architects & Building Designers Whitten Architects

  • Get out and get moving.
    Sitting around watching hours of Netflix or staying in bed past noon is no way to get rid of the sadness that often looms over our heads throughout the chilly months. Getting out and finding an active hobby is something that can release endorphins, give you motivation, and help you set goals to succeed and remain busy while waiting for Spring.
  • Brightly colored walls can change the mood of any room.
    Bright hues can help get rid of the blues. If you know that seasonal affective disorder comes around yearly, consider painting your main living space a fun, colorful, bright hue to really change the total mood of your home.
  • Add lighting throughout your whole home to really brighten up the rooms and your mood.
    Even adding lamps in an otherwise dark room can give the feeling of a bright sunshiny day and turn your frown upside down!

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