Are you feeling tried even though you had a good night’s sleep? Do you lack energy and drive even though you are well rested? Maybe you don’t feel like social contact even though you enjoy company? Or perhaps you withdraw from life and only leave your home when you have to?
All these are symptoms of the winter blues and are caused by a lack of daylight. The medical explanation is that because of the lack of daylight the body produces less serotonin (the “happiness” hormone) and more melatonin (the “sleep” hormone). This change in the metabolism can knock the body out of kilter.
You can re-establish a healthy balance by spending more time out of doors, even in bad weather. Even the cloudiest day has more light than a brightly lit interior. Exercise will also give your metabolism a boost, and social contact will help you forget the winter blues. So, the best recipe is to go out and meet up with your friends, which should also lift your mood.