Well, the post-holiday winter is upon us in New England and it is time for the depressing cold weather to start affecting our moods more and more. Sometimes this can last for quite a while and some of us cannot shake the mood until springtime. This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or by its aptly named acronym, ‘SAD’. This condition affects millions around the world and can sometimes be very serious.
There are, however, many ways to shake the wintertime blues or at least minimize their effect. Take a look at this great article by prevention.com for some remedies to combat SAD or bring you to better psychological place, even if you do not suffer from wintertime depression.
Sometimes just a bit of additional light will help with improving mood. Of course, supplementing your daily routine with exercise and a healthy diet is always a terrific way to boost your mood regardless of the season.
Here at Cityscapes, biophilia is not just a theory to us. We know that the subconscious, restorative and healing effects of light and natural elements are a part of the human innate physiological connection to nature that has been around since the first men and women on earth. We are enormous proponents of bringing nature into daily routine however and whenever possible. This can be as simple as sitting by a sunny window for a while, or having plants at your desk or workstation.
However you choose to deal with the depressing effects of winter, hitting depression from all angles is a surefire way to boost your mood. A healthy diet, exercise, light, and awakening all of the senses to the sights, smells and sounds of nature will have you feeling better in no time. It’s time to start thinking differently about winter!