Beating the Darkness

One of the things that is really hard for Finns, let alone foreigners is the darkness over here.

When I was living in France and commuting to Finland, I would notice that if I stayed over the weekend in Finland, my energy levels would be lower than if I had spent the weekend in Finland. When I went back to France, I would feel almost forced to sit in the sun all day just to recover the energy. You really do not realize how important the sun is to your life until it is not there.

Using google, I found out that this is called SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Funnily enough even people in Seattle get this!?

As I still travel quite a lot, I ended up buying a portable model from Philips: Philips HF3330 goLITE BLU Energy SAD Light. In short, it works (follow the instructions though). A year later we also bought one of the traditional energy lamps, but this is still really, really good.