Does your mood change during the seasons? Most likely, yes. Changes in the season do really affect your mood, which can leave you less cheerful during fall and winter months. Many people struggle with seasonal mood issues, also known as the “winter blues.” A seasonal mood change is marked by moodiness, low energy, difficulty sleeping, lack of interest in activities, and depression. This is likely due to less daylight and sunshine, and colder temperatures.
Although you may feel under the weather in the fall and winter months, there are steps you can take to improve your mood during the season. So how can you improve your mood?
Here are some weather pick me ups:
Exposure to light can benefit those who suffer from seasonal mood changes. Although it’s difficult to receive sunlight during the fall and winter months especially with an 8 to 5 job, it’s not impossible. You can take your breaks outside with a short walk. It’s said that 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight a few times per week is enough to enjoy vitamin D-boosting benefits, according to Healthline.
Working out does a lot for one’s health, physically and mentally. Exercise can help with mild depression, anxiety and stress by releasing endorphins.
Drinking water is extremely important to your health. It keeps us fighting fatigue and can improve your mood. Remember to fill-up your Glasstic and drink your eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
Our unhealthy eating habits can be contributing to our bad moods and tiredness. Too much sugar snacks and junk food could be the culprit. To boost your mood, try a brain-healthy menu with leafy greens, probiotics, and blueberries. Fun fact: spinach contains magnesium, which can impact serotonin levels and boost your mood, according to the Washington Post.