As I wrote in my Workspace Bliss’s Top 10 Unique Cubicle and Office Gifts article, I decided to take a big step in attempting to boost my mood and energy levels with the purchase of a Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light. I bought it about a month and a half ago and have been using it first thing in the morning when I get to work each morning. (Don't miss my YouTube video further down in the article!)
I have always believed that my mood is affected by my exposure to light. In other words, if I get my share of sunlight, my mood is much better than if I don't see the sunlight at all.
When I get to work each morning, especially in the fall and winter, it's dark out. When I leave in the afternoon, it is dark out! And, since I sit in the middle of Cubicle Nation, I am nowhere near any natural sunlight for my whole working day. I did purchase a Sunlight Desk Lamp that I wrote about in this article, but I just didn't think it was enough, especially after I started reading about the Philips goLITE BLU Light. The literature that comes with the goLITE BLU Energy Light states the following:
The human body uses light cues, such as those provided by the sun, to time certain functions. Light exposure can boost mood and energy. Light has direct alerting and energizing effects and can improve our performance. Bright light therapy is also successfully used for mood relief, especially for seasonal mood swings.
In countries with long winters, many people experience loss of energy and low spirits due to lack of light. These symptoms are referred to as the winter blues. They typically start in the fall and may last for several weeks. Exposure to bright light sources can help alleviate these symptoms and restore the summer mood and summer energy level.
The blue light of the summer sky is well known. We do not get as much of this light in the fall and winter, and indoor light does not emit enough of this essential color. The goLITE BLU energy light helps to deliver the wavelength, color, and intensity of light that we see in the summer.
In a Wikipedia article on light therapy for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, the Mayo Clinic states that light therapy is of proven effectiveness for treating seasonal affective disorder and light therapy is seen as its main form of treatment.
So, as you can see, the lack of sunlight not only affects me negatively but is a known issue for many people who are deprived of the medicinal benefits of the sun. I've been using this goLITE BLU Energy light for over a month and I honestly think that it is making a difference in my mood at work.
Maybe it's all in my head but I love the feeling as the blue light bathes my face from the side each morning. I typically run the light for an hour on medium intensity when I get to work each morning. And since there is no UV light from this unit, you cannot get sunburn using it. Check out some of the images below.
Setting up the Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light
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So, if you feel like you too are feeling the blues due to lack of sunlight as I was, you may want to consider researching and investing in the Philips
goLITE BLU Energy Light. I did and I really think it's making a difference in my mood and energy levels. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real condition that many people face especially this time of year. If you are one of those individuals who could really use the medicinal qualities of blue light, this could be the office accessory for you!