The researcher says that some of them are more susceptible to seasonal changes than others. Here are the best tips from experts and Thomas Dybdahl for getting through the fall.
autumn. Perhaps the most controversial of our four seasons. There are few other times of year that create more division around the lunch table than this.
-I love fall, it’s so cozy! says one.
– No, autumn is the worst, another sighs.
The roots of the division at the lunch table may actually be a result of biological differences, believes Ragnild Bang Ness of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The psychologist and senior researcher has been researching happiness and quality of life for more than 20 years.
Some are simply more vulnerable to seasonal changes, she says.
Some may become a little low for a while, and others may become so Seasonal mood disorderOr winter depression, as it is often called.
There is evidence that biological factors and lack of sunlight in winter can create negative feelings. But negative emotions can also relate to some type of loss, according to Ness.
– Most of them are most active in the spring and summer. You’re outside more, warmer, and more social. Many may be experiencing some kind of sadness or sense of loss in the fall related to changes in what we do, Ness explains.
She explains that it doesn’t have to be depression, but rather the experience that life is a little heavier. It’s harder to wake up, electricity bills go up, and we get less daylight.
Thomas Dybdahl: – I hate autumn very much
So: What can we do to avoid the dark feelings of fall? We turn the string to the voice of autumn itself: artist Thomas Dybdahl. In an interview with Aftenposten newspaper in 2018, he was quoted as saying that he loves autumn. We ask him to detail:
– That’s no longer true, then. “I hate autumn so much, I’m not prepared for this time of year,” he says.
However, Dybdahl will be more productive In the fall. When we call him, he’s sitting in the studio working on music for a new series. On Friday, he releases a new song with Leah Lin called “Dust from a Golden Mind.”
– In recent years I have felt that autumn is becoming heavier and heavier. I don’t like skiing, I don’t like snow. So I prefer to stay in the studio and work. There because I ran out of something, I don’t know exactly what it is, but.
-Do you have any good fall tips for readers?
– A lot of work. I started drawing too. Anything to avoid being outside. And have something tangible to look forward to, mark a date on the calendar that says there’s something fun just around the corner!
Daylight bulbs are likely to have an effect
Researcher Bang Ness also has concrete advice:
– Research suggests that light in the morning, and therefore daytime lamps as well, have a certain effect, says Ness.
However, spending money on a new gadget is not the only solution. There is actually a kind of recipe, or list of activities, that psychologists and therapists around the world agree on. The list that will be given more Daily joy and less Flatness.
here The five universal tricks To bring out glimpses of happiness in the darkness of autumn:
1. For bonds
According to Gallup polls that collect data from around the world, there is one factor that clearly stands out as an indicator of a good quality of life: social relationships. Plan something beautiful!
You’ve heard it thousands of times before. Walking, running or working out at the fitness center cleanses the mind, body and soul. It is beneficial for both the brain and heart, and happiness hormones are released.
3. To be informed – present
read a book. Listen to a good song. Watch the sunset. Take impressions from those around you.
4. Learn something new
Learning is linked to the release of dopamine in the brain, according to Pang. New knowledge gives you temporary experiences and happiness.
“Learning and developing, stimulating curiosity and sensing interest strengthen us in many ways,” says Pang Ness.
Research shows that giving and helping others gives a sense of meaning and value. This, in turn, has a positive impact on our mental health.
Ice baths weekly
For Ness, there’s one activity in particular that pretty much nails all five of these tricks: showering. All year round. Preferably without a sauna.
She was a bather, and rarely swam in Norway in the summer. But after a spontaneous bath in September two years ago, I decided to repeat the bath weekly – all year round.
– Now there are five of us who shower weekly all year round. She says it was sometimes very cold and very crazy, but at the same time very giving.
However, ice bathing is not suitable for everyone. Your health should be good and you should know what you are doing before jumping into the sea. Socks, gloves and hat should be included!
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