Why A Lot Of Montrealers (Myself Included) Feel Like Shit This Week
You are not alone.
This morning I woke up feeling completely fucked up.
I almost didn't make it to the office this morning.
I feel drained, nauseous, annoyed and to top it all off, I have a lingering headache.
When I got to work, I noticed that a lot of my workers looked like shit as well, but I didn't mention is 'cause I'm not an asshole.
"Hey dude. You look like shit" is not the first thing people want to hear in the morning.
So I decided to blame the obvious culprit: the horrible weather.
And it turns out I was right.
There are currently 3 factors affecting the way we feel right now. I like to call it The Trifecta of Crap.
The weather can have a strong impact on our bodies and on how we feel. Right now it's very humid outside and high humidity tends to cause poor concentration, fatigue and sleepiness.
The Winter Blues:
Only 2% of people suffer from seasonal affective disorder, but up to 10% can suffer from a milder form of SAD called the winter blues. It's mostly caused by the fact that the days are getting shorter, which is messing with your body's internal clock. This makes you feel groggy, disoriented and it can also mess with your mood and appetite.
Since the sun doesn't rise as early as it normally does, it's beginning to confuse your brain. The brain produces melatonin to help you stay asleep which is normally interrupted when the sun goes up. So now your body is producing way too much melatonin which is why you don't feel alert in the morning.
Once again, sunlight is to blame. Reduced sunlight lowers your body’s serotonin production, which helps regulate your mood. It can also mess with your sleep, your appetite, your sex life and even your memory.
Luckily there are a few things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms:
- Soak up as much natural sunlight as you can during the day.
- Try to exercise more.
- And whenever possible, eat better.