Do darker, gray days during winter and fall make you feel gloomy or depressed? As a matter of fact, association of weather with mood is much debated one and researchers and healthcare experts have different opinion except a few which all of them agree with. We would refer a couple of researches and studies to reach a satisfactory conclusion to this debate.
Association of Psychological and Emotional Rainy Days
According to a 2008 study by Jaap Denissen about the effects of weather on daily mood, weather fluctuations did not accounted for much variance in people’s day-to-day mood. The study stands in contrast with real life evidences and observations which show that people do go through changes in moods with seasons. As rainy days are gray and darker in the absence of sunlight, people do feel low and negative. Pouring rain could cause a feeling of anger and irritation with some people, while others would prefer being in bed and wait for the day to pass. Rainy days do make us feel lazier.
According to a study, about nine percent of people hate rainy days. Another study refers to negative posts of social media, especially Facebook, during rainy days.
Biological Association of Weather with Moods
Sunlight is itself a symbol of joy except in deserts boiling over hundreds of degree Celsius. But commonly, any person would choose to be in light than in dark. Biologically, human body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D further produces a Harmon called serotonin. Scientists have found that levels of serotonin in our brain are directly associated with changes in moods. Higher level of serotonin would make one feel energetic and gay, while darker rainy days could make you feel down due to dip in serotonin levels. It implies that lack of sufficient exposure to sunlight could be responsible for increase in negative affect and tiredness.
Further, one can surf about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) on web.
How Can You Overcome It
Interestingly, the best solution suggested by mental health experts is to engage yourself in something that pleases your or say from anything that gives you pleasure. Depending upon individual differences, each one of us can find respite in our respective hobbies. You can read a book, do some painting, and watch your favorite movie or serial.
According to Julia Samton, MD, a psychiatrist and NYC’s Manhattan Neuropsychiatric, if you find anyone around you feeling low on such days, you must encourage them to go out and take a walk. That’ll expose them to at least some UV, which assist in regulating body’s circadian rhythm, thus, boost the mood.
She further adds that people one must encourage himself/herself to exercise, if possible. A person might find vitality and self-esteem, resulting in an increase in endorphins.
Mental Health and Circumstance Matters Too
It’s gets really tough for people who are already suffering from one or other psychological disorders, like depression, mood disorders, stress and other neurotic disorders. It must be ensured that lights must be switched on because depression rises with darkness.
Lastly, rain haters and gloomy souls must not isolate themselves on rainy days. Being lonely could fuel depressing and negative feelings. Julia also empathize that one must face his fears or whatever cast negative effect on their body and mood. Hiding from rain isn’t a solution. Cloudy, cold days with chilling winds have their own beauty. Poets and artists have aptly described it on canvas.
Moreover, mood of any individual with good mental health is associated with enormous other factors including personal life and past or recent events. There will be no surprise if a person, who loved to dance in rain, find it depressing after getting divorced.