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Light Up Your Life
Get outside every day, even if it's just for short walk in the morning or at lunch. Take a vacation to a sunny spot to break up the dark winter months. And Dr. Rosenthal suggests light therapy -- using a light box that mimics natural daylight to help you feel more energetic and cheerful. Look for one ranging from 2,500 to 10,000 LUX (a measure of human brightness perception) of full spectrum light and follow your doctor's instruction on how to use it (sitting a couple of feet away for 30 minutes in the morning is common). "Most everyone can benefit from light therapy," Dr. Rosenthal says. Avoid it if you take a medication that makes you sensitive to light and ask your doc about other treatments like talk therapy and antidepressants instead.
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