Why do I say that? Well, its Thursday, January 10th in Arkansas. After a few awesome days full of sunshine and temperatures of almost 70 degrees in NW Arkansas, the temps dropped today, the sky was gray and all the leaves are brown. I am reminded of the old song made famous by the Mamas and the Papas when i was a teenager.
All the leaves are brown All the leaves are brown And the sky is gray I’ve been for a walk On a winter’s day I’d be safe and warm If I was in L.A. California dreaming On such a winter’s day
I’m one of those individuals who is often affected with a seasonal disorder (SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the few winter months that Arkansas offers residents.
During the months of January and February, I tend to become pretty depressed and long for March and Springtime and sunny days down the road.
SAD is thought to be a type of depression and symptoms include:
Lack of energy
Loss of enjoyment
And even thoughts of suicide
SAD is directly related to the amount of sunlight one receives.
Why is this?
It has to do with our bodies production of serotonin (also known as “The Happiness Hormone”) which is triggered by a bright light like sunlight in the summer. Serotonin helps calm the brain’s response to stress and increases our feelings of happiness. This is why people tend to feel happier and more energetic on a bright, sunny day.
However when we have low levels of Serotonin, our moods are greatly affected; so when we are deprived of light we have less energy, poor moods and more. Light deprivation and its symptoms – experienced by many due to climate or lifestyle – is a result of our molecules in our body that give off energy derived from the sun.