One in five suffers from autumn-winter blues
After the persistent warm days, autumn now shows its true face. Temperatures of over 25 degrees will hardly be reached this year. The weather changed within a few days. Outside there is now a wet and cold weather. According to the results of a recent survey carried out by the Forsa polling institute on behalf of Techniker Krankenkasse, one in five survey participants in the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia said that the current weather conditions are taking their toll. According to this, around 22 percent of those surveyed suffer from the so-called autumn-winter blues and complain of a depressed mood. In psychotherapy, this mood is also known as "winter depression".
In the new federal states, however, a majority is emotionally "weatherproof". 18 percent of the participants stated that they "felt particularly good" in the autumn and winter months. For comparison: only eight percent of Germans in Germany were able to share that weather emotion. In no other region of Germany, according to the survey results, did the Germans show themselves as weather-consistent as in Central Germany. People in Bavaria were not particularly enthusiastic about autumn. Here, only one in a hundred respondents (1 percent) said they were looking forward to autumn and winter.
Stress increases sensitivity to the weather
More than half of all people in Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony stated that their basic emotional attitude did not depend on the weather. Your mood is "generally independent of the weather". Nine percent of people said that the weather is only stressful if it is accompanied by professional or private stress.
The pollsters could make a difference between men and women. Women were more sensitive to the weather than men during the survey. While 26 percent of German women said to suffer from the "autumn-winter blues", only 18 percent of men could confirm this.
Walks against lack of light
When winter depression arises with tiredness, an increased need for sleep and the desire for more food, naturopathy believes that there is an acute lack of light. In order to prevent the impairments, extensive autumn walks in the fresh air are recommended, as naturopath Johannes Richter explained. The cold weather should not deter you. If the symptoms are pronounced, the administration of St. John's wort can also be helpful. In health food stores and pharmacies, healing teas or extracts can be purchased without a prescription. After walking in the fresh air, warm teas, pleasant bright colors and candles help to positively influence the mood, according to the naturopath expert. (sb)
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