Wellbeing is a state to which we all aspire but what actually is wellbeing?
One definition by the World Health Organisation is ‘health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’
Even Aristotle tried to define it millennia ago and the best that he could up with was eudaimonia which can be translated as happiness, not quite what we have in mind.
The best that we could come up with was ‘a healthy balance of body, mind and happiness which allows you to achieve the potential of which you are capable’.
So just how do we achieve this when we are feeling unsociable, constantly tired or generally out of sorts? All these can be symptoms of the ‘winter blues’ which can affect people of all ages but usually starts between 18 and 30.
Women appear to suffer more than men and Dr Norman Rosenthal puts this down to a variety of reasons including stress, genetic vulnerability and also lack of light. Recent studies show that the light reaching the earth has also decreased in the last half of the 20th century by as much as 2-3% - and it isn’t any better at work, where construction programmes seem to be shutting out even more natural light for those of us who work in offices and shops, with tinted glass and deliberately low levels of lighting.
But it’s not just a seasonal phenomenon:
- Jet lag
- Post natal depression
- Sugar or carbohydrate cravings
- Sleep problems
- Shift work
....are all affected by light!
We talk to many people all year round with symptoms of tiredness, lethargy and a general decline in their well-being, and we’ve been able to lift and enhance their mood, restore their ability to cope, marshal their inner resources and improve so many aspects of their daily life – all through literally bringing light into their life!
The affects are very real, and are well recognised by medical research into how our bodies adapt or struggle to adapt when we are deprived of light. Our body clocks really do react to light and as a result light can be used to improve how we feel and how we function, especially in the winter months when there is less natural light around.
Lightboxes are designed to counteract the negative affects of light deprivation by supplementing the amount of light available. With a lightbox you can enhance your health, restore your ability to cope and re-establish the healthy balance in your life.
We at S.A.D. Lightbox are committed to learning as much as we can about light therapy and sharing that knowledge with our clients to enhance their lives and wellbeing.