The Effects of Weather on Mood

After many months of poor weather, the climate in Vancouver is finally starting to improve.

During the winter months, sunlight is very difficult to come by, which can have a negative effect on mental health. A disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder exists, which is a form of depression that is associated with poor weather. The weather plays a crucial role in one’s mental health and mood, which is why it is very important to take advantage of the warm weather. Sunlight can have a very significant impact on an individual’s mood. This is due to the fact that exposure to sunlight releases a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which helps improve one’s mood. When people have less exposure to sunlight, serotonin levels can decrease, causing depression gloomy moods. In order to take advantage of the weather individuals should focus on doing the following activities. Firstly, individuals should try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. In addition, spending time outdoors with others can also have a positive effect on one’s mood. Lastly, exercising outdoors can also help improve mental health. Having said this, spending time in the sunlight can also be very tiring and it is imperative that individuals receive an adequate amount of sleep.

By Raajan Mann


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