How seasons can affect your mood and productivity

In the Netherlands we live in a society where we are expected to perform well all year round. But what effect do the seasons have on our mood and productivity? Do they affect your performance and how you interact with colleagues?


Do you remember when you were young? Summer was the best time of year. You didn’t have to think about school anymore and had more time to make plans with friends. You would expect that summer would only have positive effects on our moods. Nothing is further from the truth. Now that you are an adult it feels different because you have to work. You're stuck in the office, daydreaming about the cafés you could have visited or the wonderful day at the beach you could be having Summer is often a time when you start doubting about your job. The pressure of "having to" enjoy oneself and not being able to do so can negatively affect your mood

In addition, many colleagues go on vacation in the summer, which in turn creates more work for other employees. You end up with a lot on your plate and have to perform tasks that you know nothing about or manage other people’s clients.


Winter is often cold and gray in the Netherlands. We all wait for the holidays when we can spend time with our family and friends. Many people suffer from ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ (SAD) in the winter, a mood disorder that can cause depression, sleep problems, depleted energy, lack of concentration, and so on. This disorder can show up when the days are short and dark which can cause you to have a shortage of Vitamin D. Going outside as often as possible is a good way to avoid seasonal depression.

Starting in January time seems to speed up. The new year starts and most companies set their yearly goals. New colleagues might be hired or the annual budget could be expanded. It is a great opportunity to also set goals for yourself. What do you want to accomplish this year? Do you want to learn new skills or expand your expertise? What are your New Year’s resolutions?

In every job you experience shifts throughout the year. Depending on the industry and position some seasons can be more stressful than others. For this reason, it is important to listen to your own body. What do you feel? Is your body giving any signals? Remember that these feelings often go away again when a new season dawns.

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