Has your mood plummeted along with the temperature? While you stare forlornly out the window at another bleak, winter day, is your spouse dozing rather than playing with the kids? Do you find yourself power snacking on Skittles by the 5th day of a rain storm. If so, you could be one of the 14% of Americans battling the winter blues.
The reasons why our moods slip and our appetites take over by mid-winter could be simply that we’re cooped up, bored, and restless, or it could have a deeper cause, resulting from a drop in serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood and hunger. Whatever the reason, most people have some kind of behavior change in the winter. Children and teens can suffer from the winter blues too.