Friday, January 26, 2007

Let there be light

I’m thinking of investing in a light box, and was wondering if anyone who calls by here has one? I’ve noticed over the last couple of winters working at home how little light I’m getting. I’m an optimistic, upbeat type, and it’s easy to spot when I’m down. A few years ago I had a spell of depression so I can spot the signs. I was referred for counselling at the time and we went down all the obvious avenues, active person coming to terms with being disabled, etc etc, and the counsellor came to the conclusion that I had accepted my lot in a more positive way than most people he saw. He was stumped. I self diagnosed shortly after – the depression was a side effect of a medication I was on.

Now, I get a lot of allergies, but we hadn’t tied depression to anything I was taking! Long story short, came off tablets, counsellor took one look at me outside his office, I grinned, and he said, “you look different, so what has changed?” I was discharged same day. The experience means I can spot the signs. That was also when I first read about light boxes. They’ve become more common since then and they've also come down in price. It just makes sense to me. What little light we are getting in the north of England right now I’m not getting much of at all because I work in my home office. I suppose it’s a preventative measure than anything, but I think it might be worth the investment. Anyone have any thoughts?

And can I write it off as a necessary tax deduction LOL (she says, for the first time being anywhere near having to pay any tax, a miracle in itself ;))


Callie said...


sorry but I do not know anything about artifical light- however I do know what you mean. I cannot stand to be in winter or what not because it is so dreary...So- I change the schemes of my window blinds to an all white, and incorporate bright colors in my apartment- room... I do hope that you find the answer you need. In the meantime- *depression* is not an option...You may be blue- melancholy, but not *depressed*... *smiles

love you.

Jordan Summers said...

I think it's a very good investment, particularly if you live in a rather sunless place. I know when I lived in the Midwest (middle of the country) there were times it was gray for months on end. It absolutely affected me. I'm about to buy what's called a sun lamp over here. I now live in a very sunny place, but the light is supposed to be much better for your eyes in general.

Nikki Magennis said...

Hey Saskia. I've always wondered about these. I'm tempted - you should see how gloomy bonny bloody Scotland gets! - but then, I don't understand how they work. Surely staring at a bright computer screen for hours is just as effective?!

I'd be intrigued to hear how you get on with it if you get one. And an ioniser. And an air-purifying crystal dreamcatcher, throw that in the basket while you're at it. I'm a sucker for all that stuff.

Anyway, hope you're feeling brighter soon. Spring is not far away! There's snowdrops out, and easter eggs in the shops!

Saskia Walker said...

Nikki, I believe it's to do with the special type of light these lamps generate. I'm likely to get one soon so I'll post about it after I try it out for a while ;)