The days are getting shorter and the evenings longer - the dark season has begun. The darker the days, the miserable is the mood for many people. The phenomenon can be explained easily: If light is missing, our mood goes into the cellar. The seasons and the weather can not be changed, but with small tricks can be tricked the mood low.
Man needs light for his well-being
The darker the days, the duller the mood. "Novemberblues" is commonly referred to as the Soul Deep, in which many people are currently. Studies have shown that in Central Europe, about ten percent of the population in winter suffer from symptoms such as fatigue, lack of energy, lack of concentration and cravings for carbohydrates.
The fault is the changed lighting conditions. In the dark, the pineal gland releases melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone that is broken down by light. If the brightness is missing, the melatonin level remains high and the mood drops to zero. Studies have shown that nocturnal melatonin release is prolonged by about half an hour in winter compared to summer.
Due to the low level of sunshine, too little of the light-dependent messenger serotonin, which has a mood-enhancing effect, is produced. Serotonin production is stimulated by some foods, such as bananas, nuts, but also chocolate. Therefore, even in the dark season of cravings for sweets.
Run away from the mood low
As darkness falls, many people discontinue their outdoor sports activities. But: you should not give up movement in any case. If the weather permits, go out into nature and breathe in the fresh air. This also promotes the body's defenses and boosts the immune system! Especially in autumn you are particularly vulnerable to diseases due to the uncomfortable weather.
A walk also helps against the mood, even when the sky is overcast. On a snowy winter's day, there is a light intensity of 1, 000 lux in the morning and even up to 3, 000 lux at noon. In indoor rooms, however, you only get around 100 to 300 lux. However, if you prefer to stay in the sports hall: indoor sports like the For example, basketball, squash, badminton, tennis or volleyball offer plenty of variety, plenty of exercise and exhaustion to the comfort of exhaustion.
Cloudy November days? Boredom in front of the TV? Nothing out of the cuddly chair - into the plump life of the city. Christmas market and mulled wine, concerts, musicals - you can find a lot, where you can go with friends or alone. A variety of concerts offer, for example, the churches for Advent and Christmas.
Also nice: a cozy movie night. Snuggle into the plush seats, nibble popcorn and watch mischievous films or cheer on action scenes. It does not matter what you do: every activity lifts the mood, it builds more happiness hormones (endorphins), which makes us more risk-averse and self-confident.
Just treat yourself to something beautiful and be pampered: ayurvedic full body oil massage, sauna, manicure or a foot massage not only bring relaxation, but also affect our mind.
Fragrances also do something for our good mood. Bergamot and Jasmine oil in the aroma lamp brighten the mood. A few drops of it in the fragrance lamp make cloudy thoughts quickly "devour".
- a bath in milk and honey and your favorite music
- a horse-drawn carriage ride followed by a candle-light dinner
- Cuddling by candlelight and hot cocoa for breakfast.
Statisticians say most children are born in July. Sure, because the fall leaves so much time for togetherness.
Even for a good mood
Positive and constructive thoughts are an important prerequisite for our feelings and actions to change. We can do a lot for ourselves:
- Take responsibility for your own mood
- to consciously do something good
- feel good and be active yourself
Colorful clothing or accessories bring color into everyday life: Just wear vivacious colors for a good mood. Mood-enhancing yellows and oranges are particularly good; Green and red inspire emotion and creativity and are guaranteed to whet your appetite.
Important: Anyone who is constantly depressed, depressed or even depressed should visit his family doctor.