Scientific studies throughout the world have researched the ways weather can effect disposition. Yet one doesn't need to be a scientist to know that a string of grey and rainy days can take a toll on emotions. It's a sneaky thing that may start as general discontent and a feeling of ennui that then escalates into frustration and snappishness. Such behavioural changes may have adverse effects on personal and professional relationships, because even when conscious of the effect of weather on moods it's still hard to shake the blahs. Awareness is the first step to warding off weather-related emotional woes, yet here are some additional tips to help brighten your day no matter what the forecast.
Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD] is the official term for those feelings of depression and listlessness during less-than-stellar weather conditions. To help minimise the effects of SAD, sufferers may want to try a light box that mimics sunlight. Light boxes come in a variety of styles and price ranges, and not everyone is on board that they do actually help, whilst others swear by them.
Another way to keep spirits up is to make a few adjustments on your computer and mobile. If it's lousy weather outside don't compound the issue by having screensavers and desktop wallpaper showing winter scenes. No matter how incongruous it may seem, change everything to bright, sunny beach photos or puppies or kittens, whatever it is that will bring joy. Smartphone users should do the same and can even look for excessively cheerful screensavers to help make it through the down times.
When combating the blues it really is the little things that can help make a positive impact. Like rain gear—sure a standard pair of black wellies could suffice, but why not go bold and pick some that are irrepressibly joyful? Get the home in order, too, by switching to warmer bedding, and loading up with some good books and plenty of wood for the fire. The pantry should also be stocked with a few favourite comfort foods reserved specifically for those days when the weather turns ugly. And don't discount the benefit of nice snuggly pyjamas, scented candles, and some special tea to help celebrate the changing seasons. Pulling out all the stops will not only keep the mind and body occupied, it will help turn that feeling of powerlessness into one of deliberate participation.