Why Snowy Weather is Good for Your Mental Health?

Winter can be a tough time for mental health. However that’s all the more reason for you to try to get outside.

Why snowy weather is good for your mental health?
Why snowy weather is good for your health?

Anyway, do not get out when it's blizzard or snowstorm. Your safety is high priority.

Enjoy the snow when it's safe.


By finding snowy destinations for a short vacation or even as a venue for your remote work, you could improve your mental health.


What is so positive about snow?

The silence
Chances are, you’ve experienced the overwhelming quiet when you step out into a freshly snow-covered landscape. It’s not your imagination.

Really?

In reality, research by the University of Kentucky studied the acoustic properties of snow and found it absorbs up to 60% of sound. Therefore the feeling of calm that comes from snowy environments is real, driven by so much silence.

But just as they tamp down background noises, snowy days can also amplify nature sounds like the crack of a tree in the nearby woods or birds chirping. This too is enjoyable and relaxing at the same time.

According to a study by University of Sussex, when people hear sounds of nature they experience more activity in the parts of their brain responsible for relaxation and resting. These are really good especially for people who are really stressed out.

The stimulation
In addition to its calm influences, snow is also associated with happiness because of the activity it drives.

It's true that exercise can be done at your home such as in your bedroom or living hall to be healthy and drives happiness. However, snow sports like snowboarding or skiing have their own positive effects.

A study by Yonsei University found when people skied or snowboarded, they reported greater pleasure, engagement and satisfaction.

The vitality
Seeking a snowy surroundings can also help you feel more alive. 

According to research from the University of Rochester, when people spent more time in nature they felt greater vitality, improved resilience and physical health. Even 20 minutes a day in nature helped them to feel extra energized and more positive.

The variety
Finding snowy venues may also increase your mental health. Getting a diversity of experience from a variety of snowy activities would make you happy.

According to research from New York University, when people had a greater variety of activities and experiences they were in better moods and felt happier.


Where to find snowfall?

If you like the southeast, your best location for snowfall is West Virginia with 25 inches of snow. If you’re partial to the southwest, you may aim for New Mexico so that you can see about 22 inches of snow.
   
It will come as no surprise that your worst places for finding snow are Florida and Hawaii. Each of them is expecting lower than 1 inch of snowfall.

Florida and Hawaii are not bad places in USA. You could get some surfing, snorkeling, or sunbathing in those climates. Probably  you can enjoy the snow in liquid form and from the beauty of tropical nature.

If you’re considering taking time off or rearranging your work or business, take a cold-weather vacation or work somewhere in your home office where snow is visible.


Seven Snowiest cities in USA
Let's begin with number seven.

7. Anchorage, Alaska : 77.9 inches


Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska is the number seven snowiest cities in America. This probably isn't much of a surprise for a city so far north that has an average winter temperature of about 19 degrees.


6. Flagstaff, Arizona : 90.1 inches


Flagstaff is surrounded by desert, mountains and ponderosa pine forests. Sitting at 6,903 feet in elevation, Flagstaff is situated just south of the San Francisco Peaks, the tallest mountain range in Arizona.


5. Boulder, Colorado : 92.8 inches


Boulder is located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills and sits at an elevation of 5,319 feet above sea level. It is the 12th most populous city in Colorado and 25 miles northwest of Denver.


4. Buffalo, New York : 95.4 inches


Buffalo is located at the eastern end of Lake Erie, placing it in a prime spot for lake-effect snow off this Great Lake. For your information, Buffalo is the second largest city in New York. The largest city in New York is New York City.


3. Rochester, New York : 102 inches


Rochester is located about 70 miles east of Buffalo. It receives more than 100 inches of snow in a typical winter. Much of it comes in the form of lake-effect snow off Lake Ontario to its north and Lake Erie to its southwest.


2. Erie, Pennsylvania : 104.3 inches


Erie is situated on the immediate shoreline of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. Snowbands off this Great Lake vault its average seasonal snowfall to more than 100 inches.


1. Syracuse, New York : 127.8 inches


Syracuse is the snowiest city in America, averaging 127.8 inches each winter. Roughly 11 feet of snow which is mostly courtesy of the large body of water to its northwest, Lake Ontario.


The snowiest place in USA


The outright snowiest place in America is Crater Lake National Park in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, where an average winter brings 463.1 inches of snow.


Conclusion
Overall, nature is correlated with happiness and positivity. Researchers at the National University of Singapore analyzed 31,500 pictures across 185 countries which had been uploaded to social media, and those reflecting nature significantly correlated with joy.

Beware of blizzard or snowstorm. Take care of yourself and enjoy the snow.

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