Does the mood have to do with the weather? Statistics show that in countries with cold climates there are more cases of depression and anxiety than in places with warm temperatures. The lack of light is the main reason for the high rate of this type of disorder in the Nordic countries, which is why it is normal to feel sad when winter comes, and the hours of sunshine are scarcer.
“In winter, the lack of light causes our body to produce more melatonin, which is decisive when it comes to producing sleep. That is why we feel more tired, listless and sleepy” and at the same time, serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happier, decreases. In the same way, the lowering of vitamin D levels that sunlight produces also conditions our mood during the winter months.
How thermo-sensitivity affect us? Although all people suffer from it, some are more exposed to it than others. The most vulnerable can develop Affective Emotional Disorder or Recurrent Depressive Disorder. The first is a specific type of depression that can begin in the fall and last until spring and that requires antidepressant treatment and light therapy. The second refers to seasonal depressions that are worse in the colder months.
Here you can find some recommendations to face this season in the best possible way and enjoy all the possibilities that winter offers:
- Learn how to control the feelings and thoughts that we have by avoiding pessimistic phrases. It is about seeing the positive side of winter, thinking of comforting images such as wrapping up with a blanket on the sofa in front of the fireplace, movie afternoons or hot food and drinks. All of this will help temper your spirits.
- Choose the right food. Very important to choose foods rich in vitamin D and trying to take advantage of sunbathing during a walk, when lightning strikes, also improves sadness and anxiety.
- Exercise. Exercising produces dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins, the three hormones associated with happiness. Moving our body is a fundamental for both, physical and psychological conditions. In addition, sport can help reinforce the self-esteem, since it is a discipline that requires perseverance, effort and will, and by achieving the proposed objectives, a high level of personal satisfaction is obtained.
- Take advantage of sunshine hours. Waking up and going to bed early. Although it may be difficult to get used to the new schedule at first, the benefits will be apparent right away: better rest, more joy, and less irritability.
- “Don’t let the cold isolate you”: Socializing with family and friends and not abandoning social life it’s important. Leisure moments contribute to feeling happier.