HappyLights shine a light on patients and a solution for the “winter blues” in doctors’ offices

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The clinic director at Little River Wellness Center in Stowe, VT loves to use a HappyLight while working. This also allows her to discuss the benefits of light therapy with their patients.

“Offering a complementary light session to patients goes a long way to reinforce our mission; to help patients achieve wellness and assist them in taking an active role in the course of their health,” said Melanie Myer, ND, of Montpelier, VT, about offering the HappyLight Liberty 10k to her patients.

Especially during this time of year, lack of light can be a real problem for some people.  Many health care practitioners, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, psychologists, and naturopathic physicians, like to offer complementary light therapy sessions to their patients.  It helps to raise awareness as well as potentially provide a non-invasive solution for the “winter blues.”

“Most patients enjoy the HappyLight and report that it makes them feel a bit more awake and alert,” said Dr. Myer. “They are excited about the idea of having a Happy Light in their home as the “winter blues” is a fairly common ailment for Vermonters.  They are also pleased that they are reasonably priced.”

A patient enjoys a complimentary light therapy session before her appointment at Dr. Myer's office.

A patient enjoys a complementary light therapy session before her appointment at Dr. Myer’s office.

What sets Verilux HappyLights apart in their effectiveness is the spectrally-enhanced natural spectrum light they emit. Science shows that light in this formation can act like daylight to restore balance, mood and energy.  Because of this, people often use Verilux products to help raise the low energy and general malaise associated with winter or spending too much time indoors.  Verilux HappyLights come in a number of forms and strengths allowing people to choose a light therapy option that suits their specific needs.  Even more, HappyLights are a totally non-invasive solution– no capsule, no side effects, and no hassles for these benefits.

SAD chart-quoteThe HappyLight’s effectiveness, size and affordability are Dr. Myer’s favorite attributes. “The Happy Light really seems to work wonders on energy levels and mood. It is much smaller than I expected, which is great for positioning it on a side table in the waiting area or on the front desk for staff to use. It is also affordable for most of the patients to purchase so they can enjoy the benefits in the comfort of their own home or even at their office.”

And, of course, patients aren’t the only ones who enjoy the benefits of HappyLight light therapy, Dr. Myer points out. “My staff also likes to sit with the light.  They find that, especially during a 5 day stretch of grey, gloomy weather, they are more energetic and more productive. They actually drink less coffee on the days they are able to use the Happy Light!”

 

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How to Beat the Winter Blues with Your Pet Birds

People and their pets love Verilux lighting, especially this time of year!  Author and animal trainer Rebecca K. O’Connor put together these helpful tips on how to beat the winter blues with your feathered friends.  Read on for more info or see her full article on Bird Channel.com here.

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With the heater running and the air becoming drier, the lack of moisture can also make us all uncomfortable. Itchy skin in the winter is not just a human problem–it’s a parrot problem too. You can help this by bathing your bird regularly.

“Winter is coming and, for some of us, so is the winter blues. People aren’t the only ones that enjoy sunnier days. Our parrots can suffer from long dark days in gloomy rooms. There are some simple things that you can do to make winter a little more livable, however. And it’s not just the parrots that will benefit from doing a few simple things to bring a little bit of summer into your home.

Lighting
As the cloudy days cast a gloom on our homes and we turn up the lights, we aren’t always getting the kind of lighting that we need. The “winter blues” affects many people who are lacking a reasonable amount of sunlight during the winter. There is no question that receiving a proper amount of sunlight is beneficial to all living creatures. However, we simply don’t get the full spectrum of light we need under the florescent bulb we spend most of our days.

In many parts of the county, getting parrots into an outdoor aviary during the winter isn’t possible because of the frigid temperatures. What we can do, however, is make sure everyone is spending a bit of time under more natural lighting. Too much UV can be harmful to the eyes, but there are many lights available that offer a natural spectrum of light without UV and can help beat the winter blues. I have been using Verilux lights with my parrots in the last month and have found that when I work in the bird room next to their cages, I feel more upbeat and energized as well. Some good lighting is a simple fix that can put everyone in a better mood. (Just don’t forget that we all need some UV for health as well!)

Moisture
With the heater running and the air becoming drier, the lack of moisture can also make us all uncomfortable. Itchy skin in the winter is not just a human problem. Parrots need a bit of moisture in the air as well. Humidifiers can help make the air more comfortable, but don’t forget about a good old-fashioned bath. It may seem counter-intuitive to be bathing parrots in the winter, but they still need a good shower to keep feathers clean and their skin from getting too dry.

Don’t forget to bring your feathered buddy into the shower with you if your bird enjoys a shower. If your bird doesn’t enjoy showers, then it’s time to do some training and work on giving it some positive experiences with a bathing. Keep the room warm and your bird away from drafts, but don’t shy away from giving your parrot a healthy spritz!

Healthy Snacks
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that food needs to be dull. Just like during the rest of the year, be sure that your parrot’s bowl and foraging possibilities are full of a colorful array of vegetables.With less sun, more than ever we all need to eat our fruits and veggies and have fun with our meals. It’s easy to get into a boring food routine when the garden has gone dormant and the Farmer’s Markets are closed. Make use of leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, apples, winter squashes, sweet potatoes and every safe nutritious food you can share with our parrot.

Beat the winter blues with these three simple little hacks. More natural lighting, moisture, and plenty of nutrient and vitamin rich foods will make everyone, not just the parrots a little healthier and happier.”

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The perfect work space companion to combat the winter blues in the “Great Frozen North”

Renae C of MTM blog

“Within a few days, you’ll be feeling better and more yourself, just by sitting near the lamp while doing regular daily activities. I like to use mine while I am on the computer writing…it helps me focus more on what I am doing.” -Renae C.

Renae C. of Mostly Together Mommy was surprised to learn that “The first time I turned the HappyLight Liberty 10k on, I noticed an increase in my alertness level. I just felt more awake and more able to focus on tasks. After using it for a month, I have definitely noticed an increase not only in wakefulness, but also in my energy levels.”

Read on to learn more about her experience easily implementing light therapy into her routine to combat the “winter blues” or visit her full post here.

“Here in the ‘Great Frozen North’, winter lasts a really, REALLY long time. If you love the snow and cold, not only are you a very strange person, but you probably like spending your time outdoors even when it’s cold outside. For those of us who are (mostly) sane, these winter months are a time to stay inside, crank up the heat and grab a mug of hot cocoa.

SAD chart-quoteThe downside to staying indoors for most of the day is that you are more prone to the “winter blues.” What happens is that your body is not getting enough exposure to the sun, making you moody and tired more than you normally would be.

Verilux, the Healthy Lighting Company, which I’ve highlighted in a review before (Heritage Natural Spectrum Desk Lamp) also produces a line of light therapy lamps designed to fight the winter blues. Simply by setting the lamp within 24 inches of your face for as little as 30 minutes a day can help you to achieve the desired results.

I have been feeling tired and in a “brain fog” lately. The first time I turned the HappyLight Liberty 10k on, I noticed an increase in my alertness level. I just felt more awake and more able to focus on tasks. After using it for a month, I have definitely noticed an increase not only in wakefulness, but also in my energy levels.

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“The first time I turned the HappyLight Liberty 10k on, I noticed an increase in my alertness level. I just felt more awake and more able to focus on tasks. “

30 years of research has been put into understanding light therapy. This research has determined that 10,000 LUX is the optimal light intensity to get the quickest results. Each person is different, however, so the lamp is adjustable to grant each person their best therapy.

The HappyLight Libery 10K Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp can go all the way up to 10K, but can also be modified with the included comfort lens and two intensity settings. (My best setting is using the comfort lens on high.)

The HappyLight Liberty 10k can be mounted on a wall or positioned on its base on any flat surface. The base's tilt feature allows you to customize the angle.

Renae’s work space with her wall mounted HappyLight Liberty 10k.  This HappyLight can also be used on any flat surface with its base. 

I was not very happy with having it on my desk top, but then I realized that there are hooks where you can hang it on the wall. Two thumbtacks later and it’s out of the way, but still very effective, though if I should ever change my mind, the base is always ready to go right back on.

People who can benefit from light therapy range from those who experience seasonal mood changes, who do shift work, people who don’t spend much time in the sun, or even for overcoming jet lag!

One important thing to note is that you must not look directly into the light. Your eyes need to be open to achieve the full benefit. The best way to achieve this is for you to position the light to the side or slightly tilted away from you.

Within a few days, you’ll be feeling better and more yourself, just by sitting near the lamp while doing regular daily activities. I like to use mine while I am on the computer writing. I don’t really find it distracting and if anything, it helps me focus more on what I am doing.”

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