Day 23 of my mental health themed A to Z Challenge is W for weather.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
I’ve always been happier in the summer. Sunshine and blue skies instantly make me feel happier. With the nicer weather it is time for holidays, camping trips, lots of walks, BBQs and my birthday! On a day with thick grey clouds my mood is lower, I feel less cheerful and hopeful.
Winter has it’s benefits – cosy evenings on the sofa, open fires, candles, soups, stews, winter walks on cold, crisp, sunny days and Christmas.
I have wondered if I’ve got Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a type of depression which comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. I don’t think I do as my mental health affects me all year round but I know that my mood is affected by the weather.
Whatever the weather
The weather is one of those things that you can’t change. And it’s one of those things that us Brits talk about a lot! Short of moving to a better climate the weather is always going to be something that will affect me.
I’ve tried to embrace hygge in the cooler seasons and embrace the warmer, brighter days when they’re here. I take the opportunity to eat my lunch outside and go for a walk when the sun is shining.
Does the weather affect you and your mental health? Do you have any tips for how to embrace the blue skies and sunshine? Do any of you use a light box? Would you recommend it?
Thankyou for reading,