28 Mar British Summer Time
How Daylight Improves Our Mood.
The clocks have gone forward, meaning the British Summer Time has officially commenced. And as the clocks move forward, so do we. Putting the dark mornings and any negative feelings behind us as we move into the months of rebirth and warmth. If you struggled with your New Year’s resolution, then now is your time to start afresh.
As we move into the Spring and Summer months, we want to explore how extended periods of daylight help improve our moods. Afterall, a pleasant mood and a positive mindset are key drivers in achieving success in both your work-based and personal life.
Daylight & Us.
The Happy Hormone
Extending your periods of exposure to daylight and sunlight increases the release of serotonin in the brain, aka the happy hormone. With the moments of happiness you get from seeing a friend, listening to music, or watching your favourite show, you can increase your happiness simply by increasing your exposure to daylight.
So, with the extra hours of daylight don’t waste your time sat in doors all day with the curtains closed. Instead, take advantage of the daylight when and where you can. Go for that walk on your lunch break if you work in an office. Increase the release of your happy hormone.
The Sleepy Hormone
Humans sleep when it’s dark outside (the majority anyways). So, it’s fair to say that during the Winter, when there is more darkness than daylight, humans are prone to being more tired. In the darker months your body produces more melatonin, aka the sleepy hormone.
Your body is confused by the darkness that appears at 4pm and remains till 8am, and naturally begins to fall into a state of tiredness. But when the British Summer Time begins you can forget the triple shots of expresso. The extra hours of daylight will boost your mood helping you overcome feeling low and lethargic.
The Stress(y) Hormone
I’m stressed. A sentence all humans have used at least once in their lifetime. Work, relationships, or the M25 on a Friday are all examples of things that cause individuals’ stress. And to make matters worse, if you’re stressed by any of these factors in the Winter months then your stress levels are likely to be even higher as increased exposure to darkness can increase the release of cortisol in your body, aka the stress hormone.
So, it’s of no surprise to know that increased exposure to daylight can help decrease levels of stress. This is not to say that once the British Summer Time has commenced all your stress will disappear… but you may notice that the things that previously stressed you out are less prominent in your day-to-day routine.
Me & My Mood.
So, we shouldn’t only value the commencing of the British Summer Time because it means the warmer months are coming. Instead, the British Summer Time also means improved moods. In with the happy hormones, and out with the sleepy and stress(y) ones.
It is important for us to regulate and improve our moods as, when our mood is in a balanced or pleasant state, we can put more focus into the matters that require more of our attention.
For teachers, you can place more effort into planning lessons for your students. You can plan and create that extra in-class activity that makes the lesson stand out and helps your student get their A instead of a C. And going that extra mile and putting the dedication into your work can increase your chances of being rewarded at the end.
And let’s not forget, for all you teachers out there the extended period of daylight means more time for you to escape to your own or a pub-garden for a G&T after the school day has finished.