OpinionIt's astonishing how much daylight affects your mood
      – Thelevellers, 2010-02-10 at 11:56:15   (6 comments)

On 2010-02-10 at 11:59:18, Thelevellers wrote...
I have just got over a mini spate of MAJOR de-motivation, where I was doubting my course choice, struggling to complete assignments (I handed in a 200 word assignment for something that should have been at least 2 pages), and didn't even really care about any of it, just felt decidedly listless. Over the last week I have felt more motivated, and was puzzling over why. One factor is definitely me getting a pull up bar finally, so I can do some better training and exercise ,but I have also noticed just how much lighter it has become this last week, and have realised that is probably a much larger factor: It's no longer pitch black when I leave for work, or when I return - in fact I'm going to start cycling to work again next week! :)
On 2010-02-11 at 11:38:41, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't think it's all that surprising, first because it affects individuals differently but also because it simply makes sense to stay indoors more when the days are shorter. Some people will become more productive in winter because they're focused on working simply by being inside, and others will be less productive in summer because they'd prefer to be outside. Personally I'm less productive in summer because I cannot think as clearly when I'm hot. As for moods, I think I'm only really aware of the shortness of the day making me less likely to allocate time to do things - I'm don't really feel any different. I got a chin-up bar years ago but cannot really use it because it hurts my hands too much, by folding up the skin.
On 2010-02-11 at 17:50:16, Thelevellers wrote...
I didn't think it affected me much, until this year when the difference has been REALLY noticeable. Personally I am always distracted by wanting to be outside - whatever the weather! The stuff I love doing outside is multi-season, or at least I have a range of activities which cover it all... As for the pull-up issue I am an avid cyclist, so am a) used to it, and b) usually have permanent callouses. Also, if you grip right you can minimise the skin movement - use your fingers more than your palms... I can't wait until my finger strength is back and I can start climbing again now :D
On 2010-02-12 at 05:32:59, BorgClown wrote...
Waking up with the sun gets me in a good mood, all the light without all the heat. Dark days are great, but they get tiring after a few weeks. There's something awesome about a bright, sunny and blue sky and big fat white clouds breezing by. Those days make working inside an office feel so boring.
On 2010-02-20 at 08:45:49, BorgClown wrote...
Relevant news article about blue light and sleep: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/17/science/la-sci-students17-2010feb17
On 2010-02-20 at 10:21:04, Thelevellers wrote...
Interesting article, I hope someone does do a proper study, would be interesting :)