How can the weather affect your mood?

Many people may not realise that the weather plays an important role in how we feel. When the weather is good we can feel good while when the weather is bad we can feel bad. This is not always the case though. Some people may feel bad with good weather while some people may feel good with bad weather. It all depends on the person you are. Here are some things  you should know about the weather and the way it can affect a persons mood.

  • Some people may become easily agitated when the weather is good and temperatures are high.
  • Some people may feel tired, fed up and even depressed with the weather is bad, temperatures are low and its rainy outside.
  • A study in the US has proven that with long periods of good weather and high temperatures levels of crime may increase due to lack of activities to do during good weather but also because during good weather many people can become more irritable and hostile.
  • Some people may experience a condition called SAD. This stands for seasonal affective disorder. This is depression which occurs mainly/only during the winter months. The main cause of this has been found to be a lack of sunlight which can upset your bodies internal clock and upsets your routine.

Although the weather may affect our mood we can do things which can help improve out mood. It is important to look on the upside of the weather changes (especially in Ireland) If the weather is good and it is sunny and warm take advantage of it. Here are some things you can do when the weather is good that can keep your mood up:

  • Invite some friends around and have a BBQ
  • Spend a day at the beach with some family or fiends.
  • Go for a nice walk in the phoenix park.
  • Spend the day at the zoo.
  • Go get some friends and have a game of football or frisbee.
  • Take your dog for a walk and let him/her go for a swim.
  • Just take some time to sit in the garden in to sun and relax after all its not very often we get sun in Ireland so don't let it pass you by!

If the weather is bad like it usually is in Ireland you can still take advantage if it:

  • Spend some time with the family, play some board games or go for a meal.
  • Go to an indoor activity centre or go and do a bit of bowling.
  • Head out to a shopping centre for some retail therapy.
  • Spend time curled up with some hot chocolate and a few good movies.
  • Do some baking.
  • Maybe spend some time redecorating the house to brighten things up a bit.
  • When in doubt there is always something around the house that you can make use for when it comes to a bit of arts and crafts.

The weather may be able to ruin your mood but don't forget we all have the power to prevent it. So don't let the weather take over and just remember not matter what the weather is like there is always something good you can do!!

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