We all know the weather in the UK is a big topic of conversation at all times of the year, and it’s often what we are known for in the broader international community (everyone associates the UK with rain!) but how could the general weather pattern impact the public’s mental health, and general attitudes towards each other and life in general?
Let’s find out below.
Mood, The Weather and Serotonin
Bad weather is no joke when it comes to mood, and is proven to actually make people feel depressed! There is even an official medical condition known as “winter depression” which describes how people’s mood can be worse in the winter time.
However the effects of this alter greatly between each person, which is why there isn’t a countrywide diagnosis of this condition.
The science behind this is to do with your central nervous system, and more specifically the neurotransmitter called “serotonin”. This is known to be a mood regulator, and people with low serotonin levels often find it trouble sleeping, and are more likely to suffer from depression.
How to combat this? Take Supplements or Change Diet
The best way to tackle this issue proactively is to up your serononin production. Now technically you aren’t going to be upping the level by ingesting it, moreover you will be taking the vitamins and nutrients that promote the optimum level of serotonin from your body. This allows your system to self-regulate the amount it needs, and prevents deficiencies. You can ingest foods that contain 5-HTP which converts into serotonin, or you could take serotonin specific tablets. If you prefer chewable serotonin supplements, then you can find gummies online in many places.
Remember to monitor your mood throughout the winter, and make the dietary changes first when you feel down.
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