As you can tell from the title, I had my first appointment this year with my psychiatrist today. It was a good thing because the last few days, my moods have been dipping throughout the day and I’ve been having hygiene trouble, which as most of you know, is a red flag for me. This is making me anxious. After I described my moodiness, part of our conversation went something like this.
“Do you have a light box?” he asked.
“Yeah,” I answered.
“Do you use it?”
“Uh, no,” I said, looking away from him in embarrassment.
Not surprisingly, he suggested that I use it for 1-2 hours a day in the morning (so it doesn’t keep me up at night), and we’ll revisit my dipping moods during my next appointment in 4 weeks.
I felt like a complete idiot because here I have this huge-ass light box that I haven’t been using so far all winter. Well, I’ll start using it tomorrow morning.
Do you use a light box during the winter months? Do you feel that it works for you?