These bring a burst of morning light to dark winter days. They are as bright as a summer beach and work as well as medication.
These lights create a virtual sunrise to make up for the dim, late sun of winter mornings. They work almost as well as a light box, and are much easier to use (they work while you sleep).
This behavioral technique improves mood and sleep (tip: it’s is a lot easier when paired with a dawn simulator).
These air purifiers replenish negative air ions, which otherwise tend to drop during winter. They also give off a natural scent, similar to a waterfall or ocean breeze, which are natural sources of negative air ions.
Cold weather doesn’t cause depression, but inactivity does. Light aerobic exercise 45 minutes every other day lifts winter and non-winter moods.
Therapy and medication
On average, these approaches work equally well for winter depression. Buproprion and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) have the most research support.