During the colder seasons, it may feel difficult to get through your day to day. As the days get shorter and increasingly frigid, feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and having low moods can be very common. According to Dr. Luisa Bazan, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist at Henry Ford Health, “We have less exposure to sunlight during the winter months, and that affects our internal clock…Unfortunately, reduced sun exposure can dramatically affect your circadian rhythm, causing your body to produce more melatonin (a.k.a., the sleep hormone) …The end result: You feel tired more often.” Low exposure to sunlight can also decrease levels of serotonin, which can cause a substantial amount of “winter fatigue.” Personally, once daylight saving time begins, finding the motivation to do anything is tough and so is holding myself accountable to my daily tasks. It is undeniable that there is comfort in a toasty, warm room and becoming reclusive during harsh winters, but let’s ask ourselves – what are we gaining? According to one of Breakthrough’s interns, Natalie Sarra, “I try to be mindful of how much time I spend outside, even on the cold days. Getting fresh air and sun exposure is important during every season.”
Some Ways to Beat those Winter Blues:
Rebecca has a background in creative writing and a Masters of Science in Publishing from Pace University. She recently worked as an Assistant Editorial Manager for a children's book publishing company and is currently an intern at Breakthrough Mental Health Counseling.