Seasonal changes can very often have psychological effects on people. As the days get shorter and older many people appear to suffer from a seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This anxiety and depression associated with the cold months can be combated so long as people have the right tools in their arsenal.
Behavioral specialist Abdullah Boulad has said that the reason so many people are affected by the change in season, is in part because of the change in the light schedule. The light schedule can affect the body’s production of serotonin, which is commonly referred to as the “happy hormone”. In the winter months, because of the cold people are much less likely to spend a lot of time outdoors, and as such, they are more likely to have low light exposure and as a result low serotonin.
To combat this some specially constructed lamps can help simulate sunlight. These lead to the brain releasing serotonin. Alternatively, a good idea is to go outside and get as much sunlight as possible even in the winter months. This can help the body’s internal clock continue to work as well as possible.
Anton Kotelnikov, a mental well-being expert and co-founder of Afterglow, has said that his suggestions for getting out of the winter blues include, going on a hike, socializing, doing small acts of kindness, watching shows and films set in autumn and in general making your space as cozy, warm and comfortable as possible.