kdka-sm kdka-am-sm fan-sm pittsburgh-cw-logo

Local

Prolonged Cold Snap Taking Toll On Pittsburghers

View Comments
(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

John Shumway John Shumway
John Shumway joined NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in 2004 as co-host of The KDKA...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Miserable, look it up and you’ll find the definition – wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable. That pretty much sums up the impact of the weather lately.

“We’re more likely to feel sad or down or blue because of the decrease of dopamine and serotonin,” said Glen Getz, Ph. D., a psychologist at Allegheny General Hospital.

See, there’s a good biological reason why this weather is a drag.

Dr. Getz says cabin fever is a vicious cycle.

“We’re also more likely to do less activities, not go outside and be as physically active, and we know exercise is important for our mood. Some people may resort when they’re home more to eating unhealthy,” he said.

He says get out if you can, reach out for human contact and seek light – the sun or bright artificial light will suffice.

“Ideally, it’s like 20 to 30 minutes a day,” Dr. Getz says.

“It gives you a whole new sense of your mood,” said Leslie Wiernik, of Moon Township. “The sun’s out today; it’s cold, but the sunshine, it makes you feel kind of good.”

Of course, there are some people who just love this cold weather.

“I really like it. I have to be perfectly honest with you, I love going out and shoveling. I love the exercise. As long as I have good mittens on, I’m ready to go,” said Melanie Glazer, of Carnegie.

RELATED LINKS:
Ice Jam Flooding Could Be Worst Area Has Seen In 2 Decades (1/24/14)
RELATED LINKS:
Latest Weather Alerts
More Reports by John Shumway

Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page
Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter

View Comments
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,138 other followers