How weather affects your mood

08 May

The weather in Ottawa has been on the ugly side the past couple of days. Lots of rain and dark grey clouds covering the sky. On days like those it makes you want to just hide under the warm covers in your bed and do nothing. Does the weather really affect your mood? People have been asking this question for decades, I even googled it myself to see what the rest of the world had to say.

Some beleive it to be psychological, where when the weather “looks sad” on a rainy day one might feel sad when on a sunny day everything seems more cheerful.

Scientist say the rise in depression during darker winter months is a result of lack of sunlight. This particular one is diagnosed as seasonal affectine disorder.
Sunlight and warmer temperature causes photochemical reactions to the skin and produces vitamin d which can affect mood & hormones. Humidity in the air is also apparently associated with cranky moods or discomfort.

There are so many unexplained things in life but one thing I know wether it’s psychological or scientific my mood seems to reflect the weather/season rather than be affected by it. Even my son was a bit out of sorts today, we were cooped up inside so no park unfortunately. Thundershowers calling for tomorrow evening.

(photo taken by doby75)

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Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Uncategorized


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