Temperatures are finally getting warmer and staying that way. Winter always seems the longest in March, right before April finally arrives and with it, a literal and figurative breath of fresh air for our moods.
The Weather and You
While many of us believe the weather’s impact on our mood is significant, we tend to overestimate its affect on us; however, that doesn’t mean that weather has no affect on how we feel. It’s been proven that warmer temperatures do improve a bad mood along with sunshine. Conversely, wind and lack of sunlight make a person already feeling not great feel even worse. (However, it should be noted that if you are already feeling positive, the weather is likely to have little affect).
Aside from generally being impacted by the weather, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real depressive condition. While it’s common belief that folks suffering from SAD only struggle in the fall and winter, the condition lasts all year long.
Interestingly, in a study completed in 2008, researchers found that while men tend to simply adjust plans and not feel very impacted by weather, women take it personally when the weather affects their plans and their moods reflect that.
Although some of us might feel great right now, spring also signals the start of allergy season, which can last through the summer until early fall. Many find relief with over-the-counter or prescription medications and some have found success by eating local, raw honey. Neti pots used regularly to clean out your sinuses can also help.
While the weather certainly can impact our moods, only you can control how you act and react. Look for techniques and changes in your daily life to help; which can be anything from doing something you enjoy to talking to a doctor to find some solutions. If you’d like to speak to one of our physicians, give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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