It’s snowing, windy and freezing, the thought of going outside literally makes you shiver. After the holidays, everyone can’t wait for the snow to melt and the heat to rise. Why is it that when the temperature drops so does our mood?
Many people start the day in the dark and end up coming home from work in the dark. This literal darkness and lack of sunlight exposure can actually affect your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that affects people who normally aren’t depressed in the spring or summer months but become depressed during the autumn or winter year after year. According to Mind for a Better Health “When light hits the back of the eye (the retina), messages are passed to the part of the brain (the hypothalamus) that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, temperature, mood and activity. If there’s not enough light, these functions are likely to slow down and gradually stop.” Your body’s biology dertermines how you react to the lack of light, some people aren’t affected at all and others are.
But most of us experience some sort of mood changes during the winter and summer months.We’re more isolated in the winter and tend to stay indoors and socialize less. We’re wearing more clothes, eating more and moving less. All these factors contribute to the winter doldrums. Think about it, as soon as the sunshine hits your face how much happier do you become? Combine that with some outdoor activities, al fresco dining, barbecues and people dressed showing more skin—it’s bound to put a smile on your face.
So, besides moving to a Caribbean island, what do you do to avoid getting into a funk in the winter? Please leave a comment below.
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Guest Blogger – Ashu
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