Spring has officially sprung in Nottinghamshire, with outdoor attractions seeing an increase in footfall.
Sherwood Forest is among them, hosting Easter activities such as ‘egg hunts’ for families along with their usual nature walks.
Robert James, Sherwood Forest’s Communication Officer, said there has been an increase in visitors due to the nice weather and the first restriction free Spring in nearly two years.
He says the good weather does appear to be boosting moods.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.
People suffering from this typically experience a dip in mood in autumn and winter months and peak in the summer.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy, psychotherapy and medications.
Good weather is also cheering up students in Nottingham, ambassador for NTU’s Student Mental Health Champions Ellis Farnworth says the sunshine makes a big difference.
Scientists have conducted research into the correlation of weather and wellbeing, and here is what they found:
Sunlight is linked to serotonin, a chemical in the brain which is connected with good mood.
Also linked to general wellbeing – Vitamin D – which is released with UV rays.
Arguably sunny days encourage activeness and exercise releases endorphins to the body – a mood improving hormone.