Though the season itself is dark at this time of year, we tend to enjoy more in the way of lights as part of the holiday experience.
Hanukkah menorahs, Christmas tree lights, grand and festive winter light displays across entire neighborhood lawns, solstice lanterns, and lighted stars topping high points and monuments in a community... these all mark the many ways that lights are used to celebrate the season.
Lighting is something we cannot overappreciate in the Pacific Northwest. After all the holiday light displays are taken down and tucked back into storage, we will all still need to get enough light to keep us energized and happy through at least two more months of potentially dismal gray days... even if those days are growing longer and lighter, it will still be weeks before we notice.
It turns out that phototherapy can be a Seattleite's best little helper for getting through the rest of winter. But what is phototherapy? What are its benefits and risks? And how can we apply this interesting therapy when we begin to feel we are tired all the time?