Monday, December 20, 2010

The Right Ergonomics for the Winter Blues

It's Christmas time, which usually means colder weather (unless you live in Texas). Cold weather can mean lovely blankets of snow and warm cups of coffee in the classic red Starbuck's cups. There are a lot of pros to winter, but there are a few cons, as well, such as dark winter days and being too cold. Fortunately, there are solutions for feeling too dark or too cold.

* Light Therapy. Extra light is especially important for those living farther north since the winter brings on terribly short days. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) where they feel increasingly isolated and depressed as the dark and cold lengthen. Light therapy is an easy remedy that literally provides more light so that the brain and therefore the emotions are tricked into feeling that there is more day light.
* Heated foot pads and mice. Poor circulation and being too cold make you feel miserable, especially at work when you aren't in charge of the thermostat. Therefore, bringing your own warmth is a must! Your feet and hands will thank you!

Winter can be brutal, so do what you can to make it more bearable.