Even if you're not one of those for whom winter presents special problems—I'm talking here about people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or its milder variant, the winter blues—a bright home cheers people up and decreases stress. If you do find that your energy plummets in the wintertime and that you feel down and despondent, you may suffer from SAD and may actually benefit from special light fixtures that have been shown in research to cheer people up during the wintertime. (For more information visit www.normanrosenthal.com.)
The holidays aren't as jolly for some as they are for others, and that's normal. But if you're hit with the blues, take Elizabeth Lesser's advice on dealing with stress, unrealistic expectations and depression this holiday season.