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Last updated Jan. 10, 2020
Weather conditions have different ways of affecting our lives.
There are several things we can’t do during rainy days – outdoor activities are strictly out of the question for most people once there is any sign of rain.
During sunny days, people engage in so many outdoor activities when the condition is right.
Intense sunshine will force some people to retire earlier.
Aside from the activities we can engage in, the weather affects several other things in our lives including the kind of clothes we wear, the food we crave for, the appliances we use at home and even the way we interact with others.
One aspect of weather influence that we generally fail to talk about most times is the effect on our mood.
There are several myths about weather conditions and their effects on our mood.
While many will continue to argue, it is clear that weather affects our mood in different ways.
There are things individuals can do to manage their mood and attitude to life but weather condition will always have a significant influence on mood.
Do you wish to understand how weather can affect your mood? We will briefly discuss a few possible ways right here:
Most people are conversant with the terms ‘winter depression’ or ‘the winter blues’.
These are terms that are used to describe Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a clinical mood disorder that is heavily linked to the temperature drop, lack of sunlight, and short days associated with the winter months.
Symptoms include depression and excessive eating. It is a health issue that messes with your mood and results directly from the weather.
Sufferers normally gain weight due to overeating and inactivity.
While most people love spring, allergy sufferers find it as the harshest season of the year.
Spring allergies are worsened by the presence of pollens and other allergens in the air.
Wind, rain, extreme temperature, and humidity are all weather elements that can worsen allergies.
Allergies, in turn, can interrupt your sleep, daily routine, and affect your mood greatly.
While there are medications that can relieve allergies, they hardly improve the mood of sufferers during the period.
Your performance of complex physical tasks can be meaningfully impacted by cold temperature.
Generally, cold temperature reduces sensory feedback and make the muscles feel weaker and slower.
Blood flow, muscle strength and dexterity also take a major hit as a result of a serious drop in temperature.
Physical lethargy directly affects your mood and this is one of the reasons you may feel unmotivated to hit the gym when your morning is cold.
You are more likely to overeat during cold rainy days.
The lack of sunlight associated with rainy days normally results in a drop in serotonin levels, which in turn increases carbohydrate cravings.
The temptation to grab more food is also fuelled by inactivity, which is common during rainy days.
When food is not readily available, your mood can be dampened.
This will sound a little controversial but it is the truth: rainy days can cause you more pain.
Rain is directly linked to a reduction in atmospheric pressure and this can allows body fluid to move from blood vessels to tissues, causing pressure on the nerves and joints.
The pressure, in turn, results in increased pain, stiffness, reduced mobility, and pain.
Pain, as you know, will dampen your mood greatly.
Happy people are often described as having ‘sunny disposition’ and there is a good reason for that.
You may know this already: the sun makes humans happy.
The energy we use comes from the sun and it is not surprising that we are more active and happier when the sun is shining on us.
You are also more likely to help people in need on sunny days than on days that are filled with clouds and gloom.
A certain joy also comes from helping others so your mood is likely to get even better when you are helping others on sunny days.
It has been found that people who spend some time outside during bright days have improved mood and memory.
Such persons are also more open to new information and creative ideas.
When you think of it carefully, you will agree that this applies to almost anyone.
While there are people who talk about getting inspirations when they are down, most people are generally more creative when they are happy.
You can also agree that happiness is more common during bright days.
'Summer sales' is a common phrase among salespeople.
It is a well-known secret that people spend more during nice sunny days than during cloudy or rainy days.
Considering that human beings generally feel more positive during sunny days, this is understandable.
When you are less moody and have fewer issues on your mind (like financial worries), you will be less stressed, happier, and more willing to acquire new things.
This is another point that can be a little controversial but it is real.
You will be more open to romantic possibilities during sunny days and there are several possible explanations.
The most meaningful explanation is that since you are more energized as a result of higher temperature, you will be in a better position to respond to instincts.
It is no coincidence that summer is the time to embark on romantic trips and adventures.
Sunny days are indeed linked to increased energy, happiness and the willingness to help others.
What happens when the day is excessively hot? Most people become more aggressive when the weather is too hot.
With more energy and the unfavourably hot weather, you are more likely to channel your energy into aggression at the slightest provocation.
There is no doubt that the weather can significantly affect your mood.
This, however, does not mean you should let the condition of your environment detect your mood.
You can make conscious efforts to remain cool, active, and happy no matter the weather condition and the challenges you are facing.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.