How Rainy Days Affect Your Mood
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Are you one of those who feel the blues as soon as it starts to pour? It turns out, you aren’t alone. Scientifically called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it’s a type of depression that’s related to when seasons change, most usually during rainy season or winter. If you find yourself oversleeping, feeling anxious, gaining or losing weight, or feeling sluggish only during gloomy days, you just might be one of those who have SAD. Here are 5 ways that rainy days change your mood.
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1. Your body produces more melatonin and less serotonin.
The neurotransmitter melatonin affects sleep and the brain chemical serotonin affects mood, cravings, and desire, to name a few, causing you to feel lethargic and unable to drag yourself out of bed during rainy days.
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2. Forget keto, you want carbs.
When it’s pouring outside, don’t you just want to snuggle up at home in your PJs and eat pasta, cake, bread, and pizza all day? Eating carbohydrates will cause a spike in serotonin production, giving you a boost of happiness on an otherwise blah day. Be careful though, that boost from comfort food is short-lived but its calories stay on much longer!
3. Cold weather can eat up all your energy.
Our bodies work harder to produce enough energy to keep us warm when the weather is cool, causing our immune systems to lower. That’s why you end up catching that cough from your officemate or your kids come home with the sniffles. Bring a light sweater or jacket when you go outside to keep warm. If you happen to get wet, take a warm shower as soon as you can to bring your body temperature back up.
4. Your joints can tell when it will rain.
Were you ever amazed how your grandfather just knew when it was going to rain? It was his achy joints that told him so! How? Low atmospheric pressure affects how body fluids move from blood vessels to tissues and nerves. Regular stretching during rainy days can help alleviate joint issues.
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5. EDSA becomes a parking lot.
Rainy days means flooded areas and extra traffic, causing tempers and stress to flare when the weather is wetter! Knowing that everyone is in the same boat (no pun intended), you can try to keep your cool in traffic by listening to music you like, make sure to take along some light snacks for the road, and always bring a car charger for your phone for any emergencies.
Because SAD is a type of depression, it should be taken seriously. If prolonged, this seasonal issue can worsen to problems like social withdrawal, problems at work or school, and other mental issues. Speak to your loved ones or a therapist if you think you have a problem. Those who might need immediate help can always talk 24/7 anonymously though Hopeline Philippines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673), 0917 558 HOPE (4673), or 2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers).