Date
25 September 2017
Women display more behavioral changes than men during the winter months due to hormonal and biological factors, a new study reveals. Photo: wikipedia.org
Women display more behavioral changes than men during the winter months due to hormonal and biological factors, a new study reveals. Photo: wikipedia.org

Winter blues: Why women suffer more than men

Winter is here and some of us are already feeling a bit down. As the days get shorter and the nights become colder, fighting the winter blues is again on the top of people’s minds.

Now, one would assume that the problems associated with cold weather — such as low energy levels, lack of motivation and mild depression — would apply evenly to both men and women.  

However, this is far from being the case, according to new research unveiled in Britain this week.

Findings from the Anglian Home Improvements survey show that women struggle up to 50 percent more than men with the seasonal phenomenon.   

Reduction in daylight causes more problems for females, with 44 percent of surveyed women saying they find it harder to get up in the morning, compared with 30 percent for men, and 37 percent saying that they find it tougher to get motivated (28 percent in the case of men).

And, the study also found that women are also more likely to take refuge in comfort food during the winter months, with 33 percent devouring extra snacks to fight the winter blues. The corresponding figure for men was 21 percent.

One in five men (21 percent) claimed that they have not been affected by the reduction in daylight at all, compared with only 15 percent of women.

“The research shows that women are 50 percent more likely to suffer from the winter blues than men, which is backed up by scientific evidence and is highly likely to be related to women’s increased sensitivity to cyclical changes – hormonal, biological or seasonal,” MailOnline quoted behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings as saying.

More than six out of ten people overall reported a negative impact on their overall sense of well being.

However, the good news is that there are ways to get through it.

Regular exercise, cozying up in front of the TV, planning or booking a summer holiday, or “nesting” by making home improvements, are seen as great mood enhancers.

But more than anything, simply being outside on a bright day or sitting by a window, especially if south-facing, is said to the most effective way to chase away those winter blues.

So, now you know what to do!

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RC

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