Although for some it is their favorite season, for a large part of the population the arrival of the cold brings a general feeling of apathy and sadness that makes it difficult for them to cope with day to day.
As a general rule, the coldest months of the year can be a breeding ground for our spirits to decline. And it is that the experts assure that, during the winter, the lack of light causes our body to produce more melatonin, a determining substance when it comes to producing sleep. Hence, we can have a feeling of greater fatigue, drowsiness and apathy.
Winter makes me sad, what can I do?
On the other hand, with winter there is a decrease in serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation. This implies that the number of people who may present changes in their mood is increasing, since their body is more sensitive to this serotonin variation and, consequently, days with low light and less social activity can be more stressful for them. .
There is even the so-called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can cause a feeling of exhaustion throughout the day, tiredness during work hours and sleep cycle disturbances. However the winter can also be a very beautiful season, full of possibilities which to enjoy. And, from Vivienda Saludable, we want to provide a series of recommendations to achieve this:
- Learn to see the positive side of winter Thinking of comforting images like wrapping yourself in a blanket on the sofa, movie nights or reading a good book, or hot food and drinks.
- Enjoy 100% of our home: Since we don’t feel like being away for so long, we can take advantage of our home and do pleasant activities. For example, It is an ideal time to learn to make crafts, cook your favorite recipes o redecorate some part of the houseor simply listen to our favorite music from the sofa at home.
- Food can be your ally: search foods rich in vitamin D since in winter it drops as there is not so much sun, such as the so-called fatty fish: salmon, mackerel, tuna… eggs or milk. There is also some foods such as oats or pure cocoa, which can help us regulate our nervous system and even promote the production of endorphins. Also they foods rich in the amino acid tryptophansuch as bananas or dark chocolate, naturally regulate serotonin levels in our brain.
- Don’t lock yourself up to hibernate: It can enjoy the sun and fresh air well wrapped In addition, the beautiful landscapes that winter offers us are an excellent setting to transmit serenity and regain joy.
- Don’t forget the importance of exercise, since it produces dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, the three hormones associated with happiness. Although it costs more because the temperatures are lower, a simple walk can be very beneficialand you can also do sports at home of greater or less intensity -you decide-.
- Flood your home with light and thermal comfort: have some high performance windows that guarantee good thermal insulationwill allow you to enjoy the morning sun and delight in its rays, or on the contrary, watch the rain from the warmth of your sofa.
- Do not neglect social life: Although staying for dinner or going out at night can be lazy because everything is already dark, activities can be carried out earlier and in good company.
- Adapt your body to winter time: the recommendation is wake up and go to bed earlier. Although it may be difficult at first to get used to the new schedule, the benefits will be noticeable right away: a better rest, more happiness and less irritability.
If the feeling of sadness and decay persists or does not let you continue with your normal life, it may be a good time to ask for help and share how you feel with those around you. And, if not, if you are one of those who finds winter very uphill, let’s think that in a few weeks the expected spring will arrive.