Feeling the effects of the “winter blues”? Try Light Therapy Lamps free @torontolibrary

Spring is around the corner, but if you’re feeling ‘blue’ in the last throes of winter, you might want to visit your library.

Research by the Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that 2-3% of the general population of Ontario have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and another 15% have a less severe experience.

Light therapy lamps are designed to mimic spring and summer light levels as a way to treat the “winter blues” or SAD, a type of depression with symptoms that include fatigue, lethargy, anxiety, weight gain and sleep disorders.

But light therapy lamps can be expensive to purchase.    Your local Toronto Public library may be of assistance – some of their branches have these lamps which you can use to help alleviate SAD symptoms.

light-therapy-lamps-mainThe branches participating in the pilot program are Malvern and Brentwood.

Each location has two lamps, available on a first-come, first served basis. The lamps cannot be taken out of the library. Turn the lamp on and sit, read or work in front of it for 20-30 minutes.

A Community News blog post

As part of our communications at West Toronto Support Services (WTSS), we write articles about events and news in the community that closely align with our agency objective of living independently and promoting your health & wellness.   An article posted under community news doesn’t necessarily mean we endorse them – they are articles of interest that you can pursue further.   We believe a healthy community is a diverse and connected community!

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