Are we ready for a winter season? Are our bodies prepared?
It’s interesting how something as natural as seasonality can change our behavior and mental and physical health. Sometimes even turn our world upside down.
What seem to be the catch?
Do you know that we can perceive colors differently in summer compared with winter? No wonder we change our behaviors significantly when the days are at their shortest and the temperatures are below freezing. We might live with the idea that the body is our temple – cold weather can significantly change our daily habits. In winter, it seems we are mostly unprepared to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Why do we so easily fall into this seasonal trap?
“Mood and immunity are well known to change with seasons in humans and there are indications that several brain aspects could also be seasonal.”
One interesting example of the seasonal behavior is different types of creativity we experience in different seasons. When in cold, our brain is better at understanding and recognizing metaphors and abstract ideas. Scientists think that this is related to the fact that we feel more apart from others, psychologically, when the weather is cold.
So, there’s a scientific proof that our brain understands the world and people around us differently when the weather is cold, and this is both logical and natural.
But what about our health and lifestyle?
I have met people who are completely different persons with the first signs of cold weather.
They are glued to their sofas, uninterested in what is going on around them, making plans for summer. It’s understandable, but what I see as a big obstacle is how the mistreat their bodies and disregard their health. I believe this is a major problem.
Are you exercising regularly in winter? Are you drinking enough water? Do you sleep enough or do you perhaps oversleep? Do you experience frequent mood changes?
The cold weather can affect our metabolism, heart, skin, mood and balance.
Good health is not only about healthy eating and exercising – but also includes a positive mental health and a healthy lifestyle. Let take seasonal affective disorder as an example. SAD, referred to as a depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern, is a real problem that is mostly affecting people in the fall or winter months. Can we battle it?
We can find our way to be healthy and happy regardless of the season if we know where to look for the cause of our problems.
In many ways the root to neglecting our mental and physical health in winter lie in the fact that we fall prey to winter health myths, on one hand, and to being unable to recognize the newly habits that are related to cold weather.
Once we know our enemies we can find a good strategy to overcome problems.
Let’s explore common misconceptions about winter and health.