You’ve surely heard before that a great way to improve your mood is by getting outside for a little “Vitamin D”. Even though it may seem silly, there is a lot of truth behind harnessing the power of the sun. Light exposure has been linked to increased serotonin levels, and increased serotonin levels make you feel happier. It has also been suggested that exposure to sunlight can increase productivity in the workplace. Just these two factors alone are reason enough to be thoughtful about how to get more sunlight into your daily life. When you are busy, especially if you work indoors, it’s difficult to find time to get outside and soak up the sun. Instead, you must be creative about how you get natural light into your space.
You may have an office full of fluorescent lights and wonder “Aren’t these bright lights bright enough to increase my serotonin levels?” The answer is likely no. Based on studies, fluorescent office lighting does not seem to contribute to serotonin level fluctuation and in fact, may even be harmful for your eyes. Instead, you need natural sunlight to give you a true mood boost.
So, when you’re working in an office, how can you ensure you get a little sun in your day? If you are lucky enough to have an office with a window, your window treatments can be a huge help here. It’s probable that your office building did not invest in custom window treatments for each office, so you should have some freedom in selecting your own. Choose sheer shades or sheer panel drapes that can let in sunlight but avoid terrible glare on your computer screen. That way, you will get the benefit of feeling happier at work, which will make you more productive. The fact that your computer is not rendered useless from glare will also increase your productivity.
If you do not have a window in your office, you should maximize the lighting in your home so you can get the benefit of natural sunlight there. Again, sheer shades or drapes are your best bet, particularly in a bedroom where it can help to wake you up naturally. If sunlight can contribute to making you feel happier, it would be wonderful to start your day with sunlight and a more cheerful demeanor. In fact, studies say that those who wake up with the sunlight wake feeling more rested than those who wake by alarm in the dark. If you work a 9-5 job, chances are you don’t get to experience much sunlight in your home, unless it’s in the morning or on weekends. Window treatments are an important part of a room, but they become even more important because of how they can factor into your daily mood and overall mental health.
If you are unsure about how to choose or install window treatments in your home, or perhaps in your office, which may have more abnormally sized windows, it may be best to enlist a professional, like those at Viking Blinds. They can be particularly helpful in making sure a chosen window treatment is installed correctly and to provide optimal results.