How Does Winter Affect Our Moods?
Mood Changes in the Colder Months
Mood changes from our friends and family with temperatures plummeting during winter is very common. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
When we enter the coldest part of the year, many people suffer from an emotional and physical let down. You may have noticed waking up in the morning feeling a little down and flat lately because of the colder conditions and the decreased light.
About 30 per cent of Australians report their mood drops during the colder months of the year, the mood shift can include feeling lethargic, finding it harder to wake up in the morning and craving comfort food.
The Winter Solstice
These feelings also have a strong connection to the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year on Wednesday 21st June. We are at the point in the year where the Southern Hemisphere is the furthest from the sun, so naturally there is less daylight on this day.
We become more introspective and tend to draw our attention to the darkness within, which brings certain feelings and hidden things to light.
However, the good news is with more light in the days after the Winter Solstice our energy levels will start to rise again, even though we have another couple of months left of winter to go.
Some Tips to Get Through the Colder Months
- Go Outside – Half of all Australians are Vitamin D deficient because they don’t get enough sunlight. Spend 20 minutes outside every day and you’ll notice a difference in mood
- Exercise – It’s important to stay active during the colder months so you don’t let the feelings of being flat take over and remain with you for the whole of winter
- Stay Hydrated – Most people don’t tend to drink as much water in winter because it’s so cold. Heat it up to a lukewarm temperature ensuring you to drink enough
- Rest – Winter is a period of hibernation so getting enough sleep is very important to maintain our energy levels through the colder months
- Hobbies – Pick up interests like art or music that are more home bound and less stressful
- Spend Time on Yourself – Pamper yourself, spend time in meditation and look after yourself more. Pay special attention to your diet
- Balanced Life – Have plenty of time alone to think and reflect without distraction of phones, computers and other people. Spend time with family and friends at other times
Climatic changes and traditional seasons have a significant impact on why we feel the way we do at certain stages of the year. The seasons are changing with global climate change and this is having a pronounced effect on our emotions.
From Rose Smith’s perspective, over the past century we’ve failed to look after the planet properly so as a result with climate change, we’re also seeing a change in people’s behavioural and emotional patterns. We can’t underestimate the link between people’s overall wellbeing and the weather.
Children and animals in particular feel the stress and strain of the earth, so that’s why many school teachers will tell you that kids are generally more disruptive on cold, wet and windy days.
Rose Smith has more than 20 years experience as a counsellor, researcher, psychic and lecturer with qualifications in psychology, business and many spiritual modalities.
Author: Rose Smith