Using lights can help with seasonal affective disorder, according to Mayo Clinic Health System

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – We all need a little bit of light to brighten up dark winter days.

For people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder, less daylight can make winter tough.

Psychologists at Mayo Clinic Health System say light therapy is one thing that can help make a big difference.

They say light therapy, which can be done with the flick of a light box, is easy and effective.

“That tends to be about the sweet spot of exposure to that light,” said Mayo psychologist Dr. Craig Sawchuk. “You want to make sure that the light is sitting about an arm’s length or so in front of you. You don’t have to stare directly at the light, but you want to keep your eyes open. So you could be doing things like having breakfast or a cup of coffee, watching TV, or working online.”

Dr. Sawchuk recommends light therapy be used until the days get longer in the spring or until your mood improves.