We’ve discussed devices you can purchase to make light therapy a part of your life, but what can you do to make light therapy a part of your home?
A home catered towards light sensitive individuals is an interesting concept. How can you make your humble abode a safe haven? What steps can you take? And how far do you want to take it?!
Humans are extremely sensitive to light. This is a discovery that is overlooked every day, in almost every home, almost every workplace, and in almost every doctor’s patient records. Changing the amount of light that is around us each day, altering when we see it, and recognizing how it helps us is the first diagnosis that needs to be made before creating your own light therapy home.
As most people know, light therapy can be used to treat a wide array of conditions, depending on the device being used. Light therapy can treat seasonal affective disorder, depression, acne, wrinkles, scars, chronic pain, wound healing, muscle and joint pain, and so much more. When discussing creating a light therapy friendly home, we are hoping to help you create a home that can lift mood levels, treat seasonal affective disorder, treat or ease the symptoms or depression, and improve your overall well being and happiness. Let’s break it down!
First Step: Windows
Windows are so important! They help bring sunlight into your home which, believe it or not, can have a serious effect on your well being. Aside from bringing in sunlight, windows also help keep our circadian rhythms, our body’s internal clocks, in check. The more we can see outside, the more we can remind our minds just what time of day it really is. This is helpful for people who work from home, are stay at home parents, are sick or injured, etc.
So what can you do? If you don’t have enough windows, it may be time to break out the sledgehammer! If you do have enough windows, make sure your curtains or shades let in enough light during the day.
Second Step: Lighting
Millions of people around the world suffer from seasonal affective disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia and other similar mental health conditions. Big, bright windows are helpful, but sometimes they are not enough. For example, individuals who suffer from seasonal affective disorder will need to add something besides windows and new curtains to their homes. Seasonal affective disorder occurs in the fall and winter months where the sun sets extremely early and throws off your body’s internal clock.
This is where lighting comes into play! Light therapy devices such as light boxes or lamps can be used on a set schedule each day in order to relieve symptoms from seasonal affective disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, etc., but creating a home that is light therapy friendly 24/7 is equally as important. Why only conduct your treatment once a day when your home could have your back any time of the day?
One of the most important steps in creating a light therapy based home is proper lighting. Warm lighting creates a soothing, relaxing, environment that can make people sensitive to light feel comfortable and safe. Using warm light bulbs in your lamps, avoiding LEDS in ceiling lights, using a timer for the main light fixture in your bedroom are all important steps to take.
Third Step: Colors
Another factor to consider when creating a light therapy friendly home is colors! You will want to choose warm lighting that interacts well with your window and lighting choices. Warm colors such as whites, beiges, yellows, maroons, etc., are all great examples. They create a comfortable atmosphere, especially when illuminated by large windows and warm lighting!
Now that you have some broad examples of what to look for when constructing your light therapy friendly home, we think you’re ready for some of our favorite products. Anyone who is sensitive to light will greatly benefit from using these products in any of the rooms in their house! Plus they’re all cost effective and easy to find!
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Amazon for $24 – $57
String Globe Lights
Amazon for $18 – $100
Amazon for $8 – $30
Automatic Light Timer
Amazon for $10 – $20