This is where I live. Well, not on the beach, but you know what I mean. 😉
And this is is where I am now. It’s easy to spot the differences!
Yes, hot weather, cold weather. But more than that, it’s the colours. Or rather, the lack of them. Blue skies and ocean, golden sun and beaches are replaced by sombre shades of white and grey.
Where I am now, it’s the middle of winter and you can see it’s been snowing. There’s also an extra layer of whiteness due to fog.
So my normal seasonal life is turned upside down. I should be in the summer sun, and yet I’m enjoying a chilly and snowy winter instead.
Which brings me to the colour blue – another obvious difference in the two settings. I’m now experiencing an absence of colour, including blue.
But does this matter? Actually, it does. In winter months in the northern hemisphere, a condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – and one of the most apt acronyms around 😉 – does affect people. It is treated with blue light,and devices for this purpose are readily available from well-known lighting manufacturers. This news article from The Telegraph(UK) explains it well: How Seasonal Affective Disorder Affects Women . (And men, too!)
This article also suggests some ways to combat this seasonal mood and mental health issue, including some useful light therapy devices as well. A quick online search can help you locate companies and suppliers in your part of the world. I managed to buy one online from a familiar brand of lighting company which does the job well.
Not that I need it where I live in South Australia. I purchased the blue light device for treating jet lag since I travel so often and so far. Yes, blue light is super for dealing with symptoms of jet lag. But, let’s leave that for a future post. 🙂