The Winter Blues [in the media]

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

A recent McCrindle Research study shows that more than a third of all Australians suffer from the Winter Blues. Social analyst Mark McCrindle features on the Daily Edition to show how the chilly weather really affects us and how we can beat the blues.

Aussie's in Winter are:

  • 55% more likely to oversleep
  • 47% tendency to overeat
  • 42% reduced social life
  • 26% increased pessimism

How to beat the Winter blues:

  • Keep social
  • Stay healthy
  • Plan things to look forward to

Winter blues: Having real impact in Australia

Monday, July 20, 2015

Winter blues, also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), winter depression or seasonal depression, is a condition in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in winter. (Wikipedia)

This July 2015 research took the symptoms and triggers of the winter blues and tested them among a sample of more than 1,000 Australians and found that indeed the impacts of winter are affecting Australians.

Winter makes us over-sleep, over-eat and become less social

More than half (54%) of Australians say that they experience increased difficulty waking up in the morning in winter compared to the warmer months. Similarly, 55% also have more of a tendency to oversleep in winter.

47% of Australians suffer an increased tendency to overeat in winter, with more than 2 in 5 experiencing a craving for carbohydrates (43%) and sweet foods (43%) during the colder months of the year.

42% of us experience a reduced social life during winter and participate in less interactions, which may be linked to the reduced energy (45%) and reduced enjoyment (35%) that we feel during these colder months.

More than 1 in 3 (35%) say they feel more down and depressed in winter than in the warmer months, whereas only 6% experience less of a feeling of being down and depressed during winter.

More than 1 in 4 experience increased irritability (28%) and a feeling of pessimism (26%) during the winter months as well.

Winter impacts the workforce

Winter has an impact on employee performance and the business bottom line with 1 in 3 (33%) Australian employees admitting to suffering reduced motivation at work during winter. Winter also affects employee productivity for 27% of Australians who are less efficient in their role during these colder months.

Sickness also impacts the workforce much more in winter, with around 1 in 3 (31%) Australian employees taking increased time off because of it, with 8% indicating this occurs much more during winter.

Winter affects 28% of Australian employees in the way of less social connection and effectiveness with their work colleagues, while 23% of are also much more likely to arrive late to work in winter than in the warmer months.

Spring Australia’s favourite season

The results are in and the favourite season of Australians is spring with close to 2 in 5 (38%) saying it is their favourite.

Not only was spring the most favourite among Australians, it was also the second favourite beating out autumn.

Winter is the least favourite season for close to 3 in 5 (59%) Australians, making it the least loved season for Aussies.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


safe Black Friday Sales mccrindle in the media family hills shire sunny days VET wealth new office surname group bondi travel volunteer DIY business performance dare to dream religion anzac Christmas research dreams rent states brands gen z 40 million visualisation data analyst environment research services 1980 domestic census fail public holiday Queensland: QLD tertiary education environmental scanning census data challenge storytelling social enquiry Tasmania living organisational culture friends January 26th australian communities trends report Myth weather Mark McCrindle in the media rich nfp professional development social life cancel plans Kirsten Brewer victoria society trends learner award Love Research Executive customer 2016 cancelling event economy demographic perth surnames twentyseventeen hopes community aged care puzzle men christian digital economy CBD christmas 1994 goal china work from home survey workshop mover and shaker global retail potts point 23 million intern Willowdale alpha daily telegraph Adelaide finance Christmas season shifts demographic transformations Melbourne shopping year 12 outsourcing princess charlotte Northern Beaches Christian School cost SRE 1968 HSC maiden names Australian schools faux-cilising house price rise product ashley mckenzie transport personal growth Christmas day weather The ABC of XYZ census lalor park sun trends marketing trend tuesday suburbs TDE entrepreneurial donation growth of sydney education sector cultural diversity US cooking optimistic food bank sports menai Understanding and Engaging with Generation Z spirituality monarchy recap social impact Western Australia average sydneysider results cash ultimo culturally diverse waverton property development medicine divorce Royals ACT Report keynote earning presentation the changing face of young australians Australia Day learn priorities English ACF2017 students insight TAS non profit Wagga Wagga Crime Rates house prices NFP event christmas 2017 professional services local communities social researchers 2020 24,000,000 sydneysider leadership workshop blaxland population milestone REIV National Conference click typical australian socialites trends of 2016 experience event social commentator conference speaker sustainable christmas trees healthy future 1995 SMSF families list ACT workplace education future report trends of 2017 rise of local VIC Australian community trends plans young people residents in the media newspaper New South Wales qualitative research Christmas data Bathburst research report fears baby names 2009 tuesday future proof marrickville micro winter blues career Maxim Accounting FOMO the average aussie australian real estate households Australian Communities Trends cultural diveristy Australian Trends research on coffee sydneysiders household staff community event friendship india showreel women McCridle learning Engineering Manager equip overcast mother's day online teleworking events increasing densification Macquarie University student population future of shopping Mount Annan-Currant Hill suburban living innovation census results local community wealth and income distribution baby name predictions 24 million social analyst aussie culture brand church national private wealth Australian Home What is food insecurity? social trends NSW wellbeing survey design youth unemployment wages national crime rates know the times program tableau average Australian annual income global facts slideshare choice workers Northern Beaches 2015 data visualisation mentor logan DESTEL faith financial fears geomapping speaker study holiday participants tattoos donate impact builders focus group Do It Yourself gen alpha younger generations charity easy rider paying to work norwest names happiness cars Generation Y grave decision Northern Territory deloitte future proofing urban taskforce financial planning innovative language jobs father's day ageing population Tuesday Trend media commentary Northern beaches Event kate middleton Deaths manly employers Gen X rain Australian communities contiki mythbusting urban Word Up conference office opening social issues collaborative EFF CPI Sydney Hills Business Chamber housing seasons greetings affordability the australian dream eliane miles property toys darwin Lower Hunter Region internship sydney event social commentary speajer Netflix Tuesday Trends shopper's pick learning styles royal baby Channel 7 Canberra urban living index prince george keynote speaker cold car owning a home Australian Population royal influence responsive budget omnibus high density Assistant Store Manager Andrew Duffin award winner group session future-proof meetings poker master generation Merry Christmas Wellington narcissism acf15 employmee house price mining boom the hills teaching "know the times" debt sydney market tips capital cities infographic wall education research divorce rate social analysis home 1975 Sydney mccrindle research The Daily Edition office space bus buildings university degree Sydney Lifestyle Study 2016 census results graphs rule keeper Scouts Education Future Forum urban development socialising earnings Vocational education balance Births sydney metro state millennials conference presentation baby boom dreaming volunteering politics not-for-profit sector wide Aussies vegemite consumerism crows nest property market cost of living engagement McCrindle Keynote Speakers faux-ciliser parenting stay home do people still change their surname after marriage? Hornsby Shire Council research USA GPO media release housing trends demographics Christmas Stats workforce google royal Sydney population WA investor Australians not for profit research Hills Shire Council travelling dessert speakers schools students sunburnt country motivate australian government Sydney keynote speaker Geoff Brailey Christmas presents presentations urban living wage happy holidays Christmas lunch organisations renter of the future small business christianity grandparents leadership real selfie goals ipswich investing speakers pack business woolworths emerging technologies society generation Z Aussie high school authenticity work World Water Day cancelling plans rental stress focus groups work-life Charlotte greatness debate moreton bay spend entertainment hobart middle class Cobbitty-Leppington weekly earnings fresh royal family Queensland follow vegetarian digital personalities city 2016 census visual optus housing affordability seasons JOMO data local cartodb global generation Christmas day poor gig giving census 2016 wealth inequality school satisfaction entrepreneur megatrends financial future communications trades world culture snapshot mccrindle training public speaking curiosity internet conferences Jura Australia stats engage money life community engagement publication couple NEETs australian social research Sydney’s south west research visualisation population map long weekend Real Estate average aussie new york times supply and demand Australian Dream forecasting careers sector wide study shbc Retail eliane energy statistics gender resilience TED South Australia crime insights mccrinlde February 16 apartments baby boomers litter screenagers income Gen Z Expert bureau neutral bay 2013 children australians staying home more ageing emerging generations gig economy infographics define IT Specialists in depth interviews suburb public speaker office Valentine’s Day news communication gold coast indonesia commute analysis Caregiver sydney property market New Zeland educated FPA education future micro apartments wealth and income child care trends analyst ACF retirement TEDx Speaker hello fresh commuters cloudy days marriage coffee lovers investment staying in economic brand experience Australia street case study Social Trend social researcher earn repayments unemployment Financial Planning Association Australian Families Kiwi Mark McCrindle winter tea infographic sentiments townhouses hornsby SMART pyrmont etiquette REIV Conference belief school financial dreams Duchess of Cambridge demographic trends SA parents sector demographer growth mateship mythbusters Work place social media identity coffee interactive population growth New Zealand baby name trends lifestyle teacher ethnography the hills shire Real Estate Institute of Victoria maiden media Financial Planning Week leadersip James Ward Financial Planning Association of Australia media activity System's Architect Performance Sentiment Index daily commute future of education Generation X ferry the great screenage ACF 2016 networking Skilling McCrindle Speaker changing face of sydney Business analysis forecast trend sydneycity 2017 baby millionth ideas HR social research ease of travel pharmacies sydney hills volunteers employmer food education water professional communities Channel Seven skills public transport financial independence online shopping property price food insecurity Black Friday in Australia business index entrepreneurs of today baby name mobile research pack Hunter Valley wealth distribution educhat #censusfail Black Friday VET sector summer collaboration mortgage generation alpha train area home owner Wodonga baby names australia report Population Clock casual 2014 baby names report Research Director thrive pharmacy consumer australia financial global financial crisis cica ACF17 housing growth global generaion TEDx easter Jura Coffee australian community trends report year 7 quote moderators guide technology social change sydney speaker proactive NBRS apartment nativity scene google for education wolloomooloo generations Christmas in Australia teachers capital city commuting PSI university workplace culture brisbane renting employment charities demography aged care researcher Australian demographics social lives 10 years generational trends Christchurch relational school students professional speaker dream report breakfast huffington post growing population social shopping centre live the dream schools professional presenters ashley fell NT mccrindle tea wedding affordable Elderslie-Harrington park national wealth high density living future Res Vis research data unaffordable tv work mates futurist market research teach Lower Hunter meals social shifts care support faux-cilise jobs of the future change TED talk McCrindle Speakers land of the middle class who is generation z relevant volunteering data screenage purpose leader video post rationalism village house holidays internships optus my business awards Australian Census offenders forum hills going out Gen Y ABS not for profit marriages world youth day home ownership hunger Australian Bureau of Statistics future of work 2012 Australia Day 2017 emerging trends chairty low density global generations communicate rising house prices story celebration high density apartments salary the lucky country thought leadership clothing criminal millenials youth australian communities forum housing market NBRS Architecture resource panel Territory