2001-11-10 / Columnists

Health and Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

This is the time of seasons changing. A time when we need to adapt. We have to adapt to changes in our environment. The days will be shorter. This will affect our social lives. We come into the house earlier. We sit on the porch less. Commune with the neighbors less. Shorter days mean less sunlight. The value of light in our lives is great. The spectrum of natural sunlight provides us with many health benefits such as antibacterial and antiviral activities of the ultraviolet rays. Too little natural light causes a decrease in our immunity. People who work all day in an office with fluorescent lighting, finish working when it’s dark and come home to artificial lighting, can suffer from a syndrome called Seasonal Affective Disorder. They experience sadness, depression, fatigue, sleep disturbances and moodiness.

It is important during this time to expose yourself to as much natural light as possible. Rise early. Have your morning meal by a window with natural light. Walk to your bus or transportation. Go out for lunch. Take a walk. Breathe! There are natural light boxes that you can buy for the home or office use which greatly improve the symptoms of SADS. They are available from the Whitaker Wellness Institute at (800) 539-8219 or visit drwhitaker.com.

Take advantage of the indoor social life by inviting friends over for conversation or games by the fireplace. Spend more time with the family. Changing seasons is a good thing. As nature does, we draw inward, shed our leaves and rest from the hurried pace of outer activities. It’s a time to be more contemplative. Try meditating; you can always be on a sunny beach that way! Singing and dancing are good ways to move the body about and to bring joyful vibrations into the body. As always, the best medicine is happiness. Cultivate your friendships and love relationships. LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN, LOVE MUCH.

May the blessings be!

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