Half an hour every day makes Heather a shiny girl.

The blog post I had hoped I would write someday.

Every day now, I am spending a half hour in front of the light box. I'm not sure if it specifically is working or if it was the detox or some other stuff I am doing (gotta say that the detox was most definitely part of it). But I am feeling some specific brand of awesome that I don't know I have ever experienced. You know how sometimes you meet people and they seem happy and you think "what are they on?" Well right now, I may be that person; all fresh and minty and sparkly. In hight school I would have hated me. And right now, if I weren't trying so hard, I would think that there's something very strange going on. But it's by design. I'm not going to mess with any of it. I'm just going to keep doing it. And I am going to assume or hope that this is what normal people feel like all the time. I'm actually looking forward to doing my holiday cards tonight. And last night I was thinking that I may actually look forward to the cooler weather. What the?

So as I mentioned, part of the daily ritual is a half hour in front of the light box (not the three hours that I thought which produced a need for eye drops). That means that I am sitting at my desk for 30 minutes a day on the weekend too. Trying not to spend much time looking at e-mail, I am looking at facebook and reading the blogs in my bloglines account. In the past, I told myself that going anywhere near my home office on the weekend was naughty (and really not even the interesting kind of naughty). I have changed my mind. Thought there may come a time when I plop down here with a book and leave the computer to its hibernating or whatever. I will again be exploring the art of the short blog post. Yay.

I have to say that I'm sorry that I have been a bit of a buzz-kill lately. But onward and upward, my friends. Thanks for sticking with me.

Comments (6)

  1. RJD says:

    You’re the sunshine in our lives, so it’s only fair you have your own personal box of sunshine!

  2. Presumably that’s as early as possible in the day to help keep your circadian rhythm proper?

  3. HeatherLeigh says:

    RJD – awww, thanks!

    Tony – I think it’s the half hour a day that  is important. I happen to do it in the AM; not sure if that matters though. I did read about evening rituals and getting away from blue light in the PM. So I know not to do it after the sun goes down (4:30 here). But I think afternoon is OK. I just like to get it done in the AM in the hopes that it helps me shake off the sleep.

  4. I strongly suspect first thing in the morning is the important thing with respect to your circadian rhythm.   Check with your supplier of the device or with the person who suggested it.  Check out Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome on Wiki and such.

  5. Aaron says:

    Can you share some insight into how you picked your light box or even the model that you picked.  It is always so dark in the NW Winter and I am interested in getting one myself.

  6. HeatherLeigh says:


    I am not sure how much help I can be. Our Ergo department picked it out for me. I think that the important thing was that it’s full spectrum. I’d just make sure that you are buying from a reputable firm (probably not the ones you get the holiday gift catalogs from though they have light boxes in them). A doctor should be able to help you pick one or at least refer you to a resource. Since there’s an actual medical condition involved, I’d definitely start with the doctor.

    Not sure if I mentioned it above but you can also do some light/dark therapy on your own by reducing the amount of blue light that you get at night (get rid of night lights, turn the alarm clock away from your bed, put dimmers on any lights that you use at night). Those things actually helped me get more into rhythm. SHould be able to look that up online. I think I read about it in a book but it’s pretty standard stuff.

    Good luck!

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