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2020 has been the year we’ve all become more acquainted with the inside of our homes. But just because we’ve been staying at home doesn’t make it any easier to do — especially as 2020 comes to an end.
If you’re one who experiences a seasonal slump during this time of year, a light therapy lamp is an easy solution to give you a burst of energy, a mood-boost and a hint of “sunlight.”
While some models can be pricey, there’s one on Amazon that’s only $35 — and more than 2,000 shoppers give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Shop: TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp, $35
If you’re skeptical about light therapy and how it can impact seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the Mayo Clinic reports “light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms.” However, it’s important to note that light therapy won’t cure SAD, “but it may ease symptoms, increase your energy levels and help you feel better about yourself and life,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
This specific light from TaoTronics simulates natural daylight without using UV lights. Plus, if you don’t want it at max-power, you can adjust the brightness to your liking. Its built-in memory function will even remember the last lighting setting you used, restarting at that level.
Because the lamp is small at only six inches in diameter, it’s easily movable from one spot to another. Think about testing it out on your desk, in your kitchen or on your nightstand. It’s even small enough to travel with you.
Not only is this device helpful for boosting your mood and motivation, but some users have found it easier to work late into the night with this light.
“As I have to work late for my research, I was irritated by the room light and looking for something that keeps me less stressed, and my eyes relaxed,” one reviewer said. “At dim light, it really makes me feel calm and helps me concentrate more.”
Others who use the light to boost their mood during the winter said that it surprisingly works.
“I have used it every day in the morning for about 20 minutes while I drink my coffee, and so far, I feel like it is helping me a lot,” another shopper said. “I notice my moods are a little brighter, and I don’t feel as tired or irritable when it’s pitch dark at 5 p.m.”
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