Do you recognize that feeling? It is winter and we long for the summer, the nice weather and the fun activities. We are almost all happier in the summer than in the winter. But how is that possible, why are we happier in summer than in winter?
In a new study linking better mental wellbeing to the summer season, researchers from Binghamton University and State University of New York emphasize the influence of the sunny season. They emphasize important factors such as sleep, exercise and diet that are known to influence mental state and function.
Mental health during summer
The influence of different seasons on our mental health has been proven and widely supported by various studies. The research by Binghamton and SUNY contributes to this by providing an insight into the mechanism that ensures that we are happier in the summer.
According to the research, the better weather and longer days contribute to several factors that make us feel happier.
The research shows that during the summer our diet and the physical activities we perform improve. A logical explanation for this are the many seasonal vegetables that we harvest in the spring and summer. In addition, the longer days contribute to a motivation to do outdoor activities.
Both a healthy diet and exercise contribute to good sleep and an improved circadian rhythm. These factors are strongly linked to physical and mental health.
Practical possibilities for better mental health
Behind this story lies a great practical opportunity for anyone who wants to feel better both mentally and physically. Your path to better mental health can simply start with yourself.
Improve your diet by cooking fresh. This can make you feel a lot better physically. Your physical condition can in turn cause you to exercise more, which means you sleep better. The snowball is now rolling towards a healthier and generally more energetic you.
When we understand why the summer makes us feel better, whether it’s the sun, eating better or exercising more, we can take action. By applying these practical measures in autumn and winter, we can also feel a lot more comfortable in the dark times.