Do you love the winter or the summer? Spring or fall? Maybe you feel best during that change of seasons at the end of summer as the air gets cooler and the leaves begin to change. Maybe you feel amazing at the beginning of spring when the rain falls and the air smells fresh.
As part of your own self care routine, it’s a good idea to pay attention to how your mood shifts with the time, because research has shown that yes, the weather can affect our mood.
If you’re already feeling great, bad weather might not make a difference. However, research has shown that for most people a low mood and low energy is associated with colder temps. Also, since it gets darker out earlier in winter months, it can be harder to stay energized. In contrast, hotter temperatures are associated with anxiety and agitation.
There are a handful of things to try in order to maintain a good level of mental well-being, no matter how the weather changes.
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Go outside - even when it’s cold, the sunlight is helpful
- You might want to talk with your doctor about getting a light that mimics sunlight to help boost your mood
- Stay hydrated! The dry, cold air can dry out your skin
- Try something new - if you generally don’t like the winter months, try an activity that might help you enjoy the cool weather, like ice skating.
- Or stay inside and create a soothing evening ritual with a hot mug of tea and a good book.
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