“It seems to me that misery would be less painful in the sun”. Charles Aznavour sang it already in 1967. Science has just proved him right. A new American study conducted by Binghamton University and that of New York State reveals that the mental distressst much weaker in summer than in autumn.
“Our results suggest that summer is associated with better food quality, a higher frequency of exercise and a better mood. This is important for the post-COVID era as we move into the summer season, “said Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University.
In this study, Lina Begdache and her colleagues wanted to study the correlation between the quality of diet, sleep, exercise, seasonal changes and mental distress. “Taken together, our results confirmed the hypothesis that risk factors for mental distress are dynamic. They also suggest that improving one factor may have a positive impact on all the others. For example, if it It is difficult to improve the diet or increase the frequency of exercise, starting by adjusting the sleep cycle can make it easier. increase the frequency of exercise can improve diet and sleep. This virtuous circle will ultimately lead to an improvement in mental well-being, according to our results “, summarizes the scientist.
Take care of your diet
For two years, researchers collected daily data on diet, sleep, general well-being, exercise, and mental distress from people of different ages. All were followed for four weeks in summer and fall. Thus, they found that a good quality diet was associated with mental well-being. Likewise, good quality sleep was also linked to well-being. The seasonal changes had an impact on the quality of diet and mental health. These changes were associated with alterations in diet quality and well-being. Indeed, mental distress tended to be lower in summer than in autumn.
“The association between diet, sleep, exercise and seasonal changes in relation to mental distress is complex and multidimensional. These variables are intertwined in such a way that a change in one factor can alter the direction of others and, therefore, have an impact on mood, ”concluded Lina Begdache.