While Arctic blasts here in the Northeast continue to bring wintry mixes of rain, sleet, ice and snow, it’s hard not to long for sunny skies, warm weather, bare feet, and summery berry pies.
There’s scientific evidence that shows that most people’s moods dip when the weather turns cold. According to a study done at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, most people are more depressed, hostile, angry, irritable and anxious in the winter months than in summer.
Researchers at University of Michigan found that the optimal outdoor temperature for a good mood is 72 degrees, with mood decreasing if temperatures become significantly higher or lower. These researchers further found that people must spend at least 30 minutes outside in nice weather for their mood to actually increase (staying indoors on a warm sunny day has also been proven to increase depression and irritability).
A lot of people suggest eating more Vitamin D (studies say this helps), getting a light box to elevate their mood, getting enough sleep and exercise, taking up a winter sport like skiing or skating to ease the duldrums, or doing yoga. Escaping to a warm destination is another quick fix to beating the winter blues. But for those that can’t escape to a sunny place, indulging in summer activities might just be the answer to surviving (and enjoying) the rest of winter.
Here are some simple suggestions that you can do that go beyond what the “experts” suggest:
- Keep the summer spirit alive by listening to summer music. Click here for a great summer playlist by DJ Qool Marv.
- Eat ice cream. Don’t neglect ice cream just because it’s freezing outside. There are plenty of ways to enjoy ice cream in the winter — with pie, a top a freshly baked cookie, with hot chocolate. Click here for some winter ice cream recipes. And here to see Bio & Chic’s wooden ice cream spoon.
- Treat yourself to a massage. It boosts your immune system, leaves you feeling relaxed and relieves stress, and the heated pad on the table and hot towels warm cold, rigid muscles.
- Watch a classic summer movie. Click here for a list of 21 classics from Jaws to The Seven Year Itch. Enjoy popcorn in a bamboo leaf cone.
- You don’t need to actually be on the beach to get swept away in one of last summer’s “best summer reads”. Click here for “The Best Summer Reads of 2014” from The Reading Room. Or, click here for a 2014 summer reading list from Time magazine.
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