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The seasons are among the geographical conditions. People with very large adaptation capacity; it quickly adapts to changing conditions both physically, spiritually and socially. If there is no significant change in conditions, it will continue its last compliance. Anadolu Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychology Specialist Zafer Atasoy says that rapid changes can lead to changes in a person's physical and mental balance and adds, insan During the adaptation period, human beings may experience physical and mental problems. Aggravation of relative emotional responses, feeling uneasy, appetite play, sleep disturbances, decreases in work and productivity are common. ”
What do research say?
Are there any boredom in winter? Because of the cold days and the long nights, one thinks there are more centuries before spring comes. According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Zafer Atasoy stated that depression, anger, restlessness and anxiety reached their highest levels in winter:
“Our mood is always influenced by the seasons. Especially the sun has a feature that gives people vitality. We're a little more pessimistic when there's no sun. The sun is our most important energy source. Its deficiency, like all living things, has negative consequences for humans. As in ancient Egypt, the Sun is not a god for us, we do not worship, but we know that it will not be without it. With the winter, the Sun starts to show its face less and for some days it does not appear at all. We are deprived of the energy and heat it emits. In this case, the weather conditions are very harsh for human physiology. Therefore, there are some differences in our mood in winter compared to other seasons. ”
Depresyon Seasonal emotional disorder ”occurs with symptoms such as severe depression, lack of motivation, tendency to sleep or inability to sleep, boredom, decreased sexual desire, inability to enjoy, unhappiness, and unwillingness to meet anyone. Enthusiasm disappears. Yield decreases. Zafer Atasoy says that alleviating this may be possible with some changes in our daily lives.
Zafer Atasoy explains the ways of getting rid of the pessimism of winter as follows: var There is a reflex developed by mankind to the pessimistic picture that winter brings and it is to work. People produce energy in a sense that they cannot get from the sun. In order to move more, to warm up and to warm up, we have to turn to other energy sources. On the other hand, there is an increase in our tendency to save with the least amount of energy. In summer, physical activities are easier and more challenging and scarce in winter, but there is an increase in mental activity.
It should be remembered that physical health is essential for mental health. As we pass from summer to winter, our immune system, which protects the body against external factors, weakens. Therefore, it is necessary to be protected from infectious diseases and to pay attention to nutrition. These months are the most common periods of respiratory diseases such as colds, influenza, and even pneumonia bronchitis. Airborne viruses cause illness due to temperature changes and weakened immune system. People naturally want to sleep a little more during the winter months. Be sure to wake up at the same time, try to sleep every night for 7-8 hours. If you have the opportunity, have a short sleep between noon.
Less mobility and a reduction in energy expenditure will lead to a slowdown in mental and emotional life. The consequences of this situation are manifested primarily in emotional life. The period beginning with autumn will emerge as a decrease in emotional tone until spring. On the other hand, winter can bring people into a more organized and hardworking productive period. Relaxation is more common and easy in summer than in the harsh conditions of winter, which leads to more disciplined, controlled, careful and attentive. ”
Dr. Zafer Atasoy lists his suggestions as follows;
Exercise is not just to maintain weight and stay healthy. Exercise is an indispensable way to avoid the stress of winter. The effect of a good exercise lasts throughout the day. Opens your mind, makes you think more positively. For this reason, if there is a sport in summer, it should be continued in winter. In particular, frequent swimming is an ideal sport for wasting energy. If possible, it should be continued in the winter. If you can't do any sport, you should walk regularly for 30 minutes a day. This gait helps both to control weight and maintain general health.
Healthy and balanced nutrition is very effective on both mental and physical health. In winter, the “passion for carbohydrates” increases. This mood disorder causes the person to turn to fatty, sugary and pastry foods even though he has no habit. These can cause you to gain more weight than expected. Avoid refined and processed foods (such as white bread, rice and sugar) during the winter months. Eat more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat bread, brown rice, vegetables, fruit). Drink 8 glasses of water a day. By eating healthy, you can stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels.
Don't miss the sunny days
Winter days are shorter, darker and colder than the other months. But on sunny winter days you need to spend a little more time outside. When you go to the restaurant, choose a place by the window. If you are at home, make sure the house is maximized from the sun. Choose daylight bulbs at home.
In winter, engage in a variety of activities to motivate yourself. A weekend excursion in nature, a day or SPA enjoyment will be great for your mood. Try spending a few minutes every day without doing anything. Don't forget to read books and magazines, go to bed early, mental exercises like positive thinking can help prevent depression. Try to learn winter sports like ice skating, snowboarding, ice hockey. Being active during the winter months will increase your energy and keep your morale high.
Never underestimate your friends, families, colleagues and neighbors. Try to have a pleasant time with them. During the winter months, we can establish more healthy and stronger relationships with our family. You can spend long winter nights having fun with games that can be played at home.