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Light Therapy Proved To Help Ease Symptoms Of Depression And The Seasonal Blues

According to scientists, pandemic isolation and social distancing is causing rates of depression to increase. The risks are compounded by the long winter months. Unfortunately, rather than a purely psychological condition, depression has been tied to a physically shorter lifespan from all-cause mortality. 

So, if you’ve been finding yourself experiencing mood dips lately, light therapy—in which the individual is exposed to a lightbox that mimics natural sunlight—may help you conquer the pandemic blues. In fact, research suggests that light therapy may help ease symptoms of a variety of mood disorders, including seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder

Light therapy lamps are available at a variety of price points, but VeryWellMind rated the Circadian Optics Lumine Light Therapy Lamp as the best overall for its effectiveness, ease of use, and affordability. It retails for only $30. An interesting alternative is HumanCharger. This is a device that channels bright light through your ears directly to the light-sensitive regions of the brain.

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