It's that "Fall Back" time of year again, when the clocks in thousands of homes are turned back by one hour so that daylight starts an hour earlier....actually it follows that night also starts an hour earlier, but that's not the point!! The bottom line is that we experience more darkness in our normal work day.
|This picture was shot by my daughter, Jennifer, on her way to work.@ daybreak...|
doing 110kph. !!
Amazingly this has shown to have increased risk for mood disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and even breast cancer.
Less daylight = less activity.
It has been drummed into our minds, by media and health care professionals that we need more exercise to ward off these disorders, but it is also necessary to eat the proper foods, fresh healthy food, so that we have the energy to perform these tasks. If you are anything like me, though, the long winter evenings just call out for comfort foods filled with carbohydrates and sugars, but my maxim is "moderation in all things" , at least til spring arrives!!
If you find that the dark, cold hours of winter affect your mood, you are right. Women in particular feel seasonal changes the most. Michael Terman,Ph.D. director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, at Columbia University has said that some 15 million people ( 75% of them women) suffer from a depressive condition called seasonal affective disorder.(SAD) with symptoms that include low energy, carb cravings ( I have that all year round!)weight gain, up(Yup!) and reduced sex drive.(no comment!!)
To avoid feeling the winter blues, he suggests investing in super bright white florescent bulbs, which can elevate your serotonin levels.
Position this device above your line of sight and angled down towards your head , for about 30 minutes while you eat your breakfast or check your email,Terman says. You can reset your internal clock to a spring/summer schedule.
I am aware that the kind of light used in hospitals is not readily available to most people but I did a quick search of local hardware stores and was able to locate either hand held devices ( aprox. $45.00) or bright white lights, usually marketed under Flood or Spot lights, for a reasonable price.( $20.00-$30.00). I have not tried these but it would be wise to ask the dealer re specifics, and to avoid shining light in or near your eyes.
Oh, yes, FYI, I discussed with "the photographer" the importance of focusing...... on her driving!!
Note. A topic very similar to this was discussed a couple of months ago, but I feel that it bears repeating. If you are even a bit like me, you need to see some unfamiliar things a few times before it imprints on your brain.
|Same car and driver... coming home in the evening!|
With thanks to Kelly for sending me this info!
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