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Southern California has a different vibe than anywhere else in the country. This has plenty to do with its location, being close to the coast and the mountains. The climate is enviable with an average of 70 degrees, even in winter! The opportunities are endless, and investment is high. The culture is carefree and caters to all mindsets, with a strong emphasis on health, activity and creativity.

Does the weather affect our mood?

There is a recognized condition called SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. With less exposure to sunlight, the body produces more melatonin, a substance which makes you sleepy. Also the brain begins to lower levels of serotonin- the neurotransmitter which affects mood, appetite, sleep and libido. As a result, certain people who are susceptible become depressed and it seems apparent that lack of sunlight will affect everyone in some small way or another. For some, this depression may lead to substance or alcohol abuse. If you have a substance abuse problem consider drug rehab in Orange County.

Research studies have shown that being outside when the weather is nice offer an effective way of re-setting your mindset. In industrialized countries, people on average spend 93% of their time indoors! What is most apparent is that spending time outside in pleasant weather is beneficial. No surprise there, but it is good to hear from experts.

The beautiful and varied landscape of Southern California offers plenty of scope for enjoying great weather all year round. Hiking, swimming, long walks, sports, immersion in nature and many other opportunities for varied physical activity in a sunny environment can only be a good thing. Even just being outdoors, in natural light provides a boost to mind and soul.

Life, for everyone, may not be rosy and for whatever reason, you may have fallen foul of addiction to alcohol or a substance. If that’s the case for you, consider alcohol rehab in Orange County.

Recover in Southern California at CASA Recovery

At Casa Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA our fully qualified staff and our top quality facilities are enhanced by their location on the beautiful California coastline. The ocean is a mood booster and the blue space it creates has been proven to boost creativity and reduce feelings of depression. The environment couldn’t be better suited to help you on your recovery path in a place which has numerous benefits for both mental and physical health. As part of our program we encourage outdoor activity and immersion in nature. Contact us in confidence and take that step towards a healthier, happier you.