We must put in more effort to feel good mentally and physically in the winter because lack of sunlight affects our serotonin levels, which means we may likely be more susceptible to depression. The happy hormones – dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins – are all produced for different reasons.
- Dopamine is the “feel-good” neurotransmitter associated with learning and memory
- Serotonin helps regulate your mood, sleep, and appetite
- Endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever, help alleviate stress through eating and working out
All these happy hormones are essential to enjoying all seasons, especially the winter, because of the shorter days with less sunlight. Moving your body is the best way to create these hormones. Walking, hiking, playing in the snow, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, or even having a snowball fight are fun winter activities.
On the extra chilly days, try out some indoor activities to get moving, like yoga, online workout videos, dancing, bowling, curling, and ice skating.
All these different winter activities are fun to do alone or with loved ones. Click here for more winter activities to increase happy hormones.