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Can the weather REALLY affect your mood?

Spring has sprung; sunshine and longer, lighter evenings are back! Have you noticed you’re smiling more and feeling just a bit more… alive? Did you know that the weather and season can have a profound effect on your energy, stress, ability to think, and happiness? This will be no surprise to many people who experience these effects first-hand. In fact, nearly one-third of the population is highly sensitive to atmospheric changes.1

Let’s take a look at how the weather can affect your mood…

How the weather affects your energy

Light sends the message to your circadian clock to stay awake, and darkness sends the message to your brain that it’s time to rest. So, if you have noticed the sunlight is affecting your energy levels, it makes sense! This is why many people feel energised and full of life on a bright, sunny day. It’s also why you may feel your energy dip on a dull or cloudy day as there is less sunlight getting through.2

How the weather affects your thinking

When it’s bright and warm outside, you may experience an improvement in memory3 and feel more receptive to new ideas. If you have ADHD, this type of weather can also improve inattentiveness!4

Bear in mind that these benefits come from actually going outside (which we always encourage anyway 😉) rather than being inside or just looking through a window. Check out some of the benefits to spending time outdoors here.

How the weather affects stress

Did you know the weather can even increase your feelings of stress? A drop in atmospheric pressure (e.g. during a storm) can activate the part of your brain that controls balance and perception. This may rile up your body’s stress system and make you feel on edge before a storm.

Hotter temperatures on the other hand can also increase stress levels. Increased temperatures can make some people more irritable, aggressive or anxious.5

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by seasonal change. These symptoms most often begin at the end of autumn or early winter. Symptoms of SAD include depression, trouble sleeping, low energy, difficulties concentrating, overeating, agitation, a lack of interest in social activities, amongst others. The condition is more common in countries that have less sunlight and longer winter nights. It is also more common in women.6

What to do?

While you can’t change the weather, there are approaches you can try to naturally boost your mood and reduce the impact weather changes have on how you’re feeling –

It’s always best to check with your healthcare provider before starting a new supplement regime. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms without relief, you may want to connect with a professional for more support.

For more information on boosting your mood and happiness, check out our article Hormones – Your Secret Weapon to Happiness?

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