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Even in Southern California, where I live, I’ve felt a fair mount of those wintertime blues. But if you live in a cold weather or just cloudy state, you’ve probably experienced that more than I have. And unless you somehow possess a fantastical Mary Poppins-like demeanor, dark, damp, dreary days will affect us all at one point or another. Personally, on gray days, I feel slower and have a shorter fuse with my kiddos and husband. And my grumpy mood is only heightened by my busy schedule and long to-do list, which are probably just as hectic as usual, but feel less manageable because, well, I have the blues.
But, luckily for people like me, these mood swings are pretty preventable because they’re likely being caused by a vitamin D deficiency. Studies have linked gray, gloomy days to moodiness because of lack of sun exposure and a drop in serotonin levels. Serotonin is really important, of course, because it’s the neurotransmitter in our bodies responsible for keeping our mood balanced, which helps us generate those bright and happy feelings … and we could all afford to have more genuine happiness in our lives, couldn’t we?