Tackle the Winter Blues in Your Local Library

Tackle the Winter Blues in Your Local Library
Published 11 Nov 2021

SAD Light Boxes are available for use in libraries

Libraries NI is inviting all members of the community to come and relax in front of a SAD Lightbox, now available in most public libraries in Northern Ireland which are designed to help ease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Dark gloomy days and indoor working can disrupt our body clocks, and may contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Using light therapy can lead to an improved sense of wellbeing and increased vitality through exposure to the bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Symptoms can include a persistent low mood, loss of interest in normal everyday activities, irritability and lacking in energy. SAD, or the Winter Blues, is officially recognised by doctors and psychiatrists as a medical condition that is thought to affect 2 million people in the UK and Ireland.

Kim Aiken, Libraries NI Service Development Manager said;

“Libraries NI is committed to providing services, programmes and resources which promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all. This year we have invested in more of these special light boxes and now have over 200 available in branches across Northern Ireland, ensuring all members of the public can access one for free in any public library.

“The use of a Lightbox has proven effective in easing the symptoms of SAD, and involves using a lamp that simulates exposure to sunlight. Whether you want to come along and read, knit or just relax in close proximity to the light, I would urge you to call in to your local library and give it a try.”

It is normally recommended that the lightbox should be used for 20 - 30 minutes per day during the winter. If you have any concerns about using the lamp, it is advisable to talk to your doctor before starting light therapy.

The lightbox is available to use in the library during opening hours throughout the winter months. There is no need to book a session, simply call in and speak to a member of staff.
For further information and advice on how to use the light, please visit your local library.

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