Do you feel that your mood is changing or you have become a little more sensitive? Have you ever thought that how changing seasons can affect your mood?
Well, you’d better start thinking because summer is going away and fall is coming. If you work somewhere it definitely affects the way of your work at your workplace. Here are some ideas about how autumn can affect our working moods.
A recent Harvard Business School study shows that bad weather makes for great workplace productivity. On ugly weather days, workers are not tempted by the alternatives to work: taking a walk outside, going to the beach, sun tanning, etc. Because there is less of this mental distraction, workers tend to be much more efficient in their business tasks.
Yes, some people get more productive and some will become less productive. How is that?
It’s true that you may have less distraction from outside but by cold weather coming you may be down with the diseases special for the cold season. Bad weather might keep people from arriving to work on time, and in extreme cases, it will keep workers at home for days at a time.
Your negative moods increase:
Most people feel depressed when it is not sunny outside. The change in seasons can also trigger a seasonal depression, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a much more intense shift in mood, often caused by our decreasing exposure sunlight and vitamin D as the days get shorter. If you feel particularly depressed, less energetic, and tend to sleep more yet still be tired, you don't have to just chalk it up to the "winter blues." There are ways to address this serious condition, including phototherapy and medicine.
You will become more empathetic:
When there is snow out there or windy days cause problems for your coworkers then you feel more compassion towards them. So all those empathetic feelings of yours will arise with the season changing.
Becoming more or less creative:
Researchers found that our levels of physical warmth affect the way our brains process information. So when we are warm, we are more relationally creative--creativity that involves thinking about others and the relationships between people and objects. When we are cold, our distant and abstract creativity thrives. If you are a leader or manager in your workplace, think about how you frame certain problems or brainstorming prompts--the weather can affect the results you receive.
So, next time you think that something is wrong with you or your emotions are changing, know that a new season may be around the corner.