Do you think bad weather affects our moods?

@ukchriss (2106)
January 10, 2007 8:15pm CST
Its been a dull depressing, wet rainy January day here and that's how I've been feeling all day — well the dull and depressing bit lol Have you got the January Blues, do you think the bad weather affects our moods and how do you cope when you're feeling down? I have found that the best thing that helps me is to listen to some of my favourite music turn it up loud and sing along...
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@The_Eagle_1 (1123)
• Australia
15 Jan 07
Ohhhhhh yeah!!! Dreary day tends to be a lazy unaccomplishing day. Hot day..tempers tend to flair and a fine moderate day creates the atmosphere for a fun day!! So weather for mine effects moods!
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@babyhar (1339)
• Canada
15 Jan 07
I find that weather does indeed play a part in creating one's mood sometimes. I mean . . I've found every once in a while that gloomy weather can help to create or influence one to be depressed, or to feel out of sorts. I also find that weather can influence a person's mood, but sometimes does not always reflect it though either. I've heard that some people out there in this world have a thing that may be called "Seasonal Depression." So that let's say when it is nice & hot outside, or the sun is out that sometimes people become cranky during this weather. Other times when let's say it is raining outside.. Some people may feel cold, but at the same time feel rather comfortable at the same time, while they find themselve being under a pile of some warm blankets. However, even though weather does effect our moods quite often.. I have found I can put myself in a good mood by doing the things that I enjoy. Such as baking since I find each & every time I bake I find it releases stress that is laying upon my shoulders. Sometimes let's say though when it is snowing down here & I find myself becoming depressed.. That.. I will try to think of the summer & how many good memories I had when it had rolled around.. And that just makes me try to enjoy the weather we are having currently, until it begins to get a lot nicer outside.. I find that seems to always work when I get down due to the weather. And I recommend for others to do this when this happens to them as well.
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes, bad weather definately will affect our moods. If it is cloudy and no sun, we can get to be depressed. If it is sunny, and birds out their singing, we get in a happy mood. Music can help, and it also can make it worse, depending on what you are listening too.
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@riyasam (16582)
• India
12 Jan 07
weather does affect my moods.now its cold over here and i feel like sleeping the whole day long.opposite of is true in summer.
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@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
12 Jan 07
It's been raining quite a lot in Singapore lately and I noticed that it does affect my mood negatively. The world seems like a darker, more gloomy place. But I find that if I am able to keep myself busy it does help because then it keeps my mind off the weather.
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 07
I actually suffer with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it affects me mostly in January and February, however, for some reason this year it hasn't kicked in yet (Touch wood) probably because my mind has been really occupied with finding employment, sorting my life out etc... We've got the wind and rain here but thankfully no snow. I try to get out every day even if its a walk to the paper shop. Plus going to the gym 5 times a week helps a great deal. Roll on Spring!
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@patootie (3593)
11 Jan 07
Ohh yess .. and how ... this weird weather that the UK is having is playing havoc with my Fibromyalgia Syndrome. I've practically ground to a halt .. everything hurts, my brain is playing dodge with me. This is my worst time of year .. from mid December through to mid February .. I wish I could just hibernate for the two months .. And all through the night the wind has been howling across the fields .. 8am and haven't had any sleep, so I know today is going to be very difficult .. even less energy than usual .. but the minute the weather changes then so will my fibro calm down ... So hurry up Spring .. I need some sunny days
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I would like to say that I don't let the weather affect my spirit but there are times it does, especially if it has been days of dull and depressing rainy, wet and cold days or If I have made plans to do something outside or go somewhere. I occassionally put on the music loud and sing along, but a lot of times I will pick up a project I'm doing and haven't done for awhile, and there is always my video games, I really enjoy playing them or surfing the web - the problem I run into there is I get into a time warp and hours can pass before I realize I haven't done anything "constructive" for the day - maybe the best of all that I do is fix myself a nice rich cup of hot chocolate, grab a good book, and my favorite blanket and curl up on the couch in front of the Fireplace with my dog and cat and just get totally absorb in my reading, til I fall asleep :) mmmmm sounds wonderful - maybe I'll just go do that now :)
@lilaclady (28277)
• Australia
11 Jan 07
I think it does, I know I get pretty fed up with the hot weather, no sleep and always feeling like you need a shower, so it has to affect your moods somehow....
• United States
31 Jan 07
Definatly! The winter months were always hard for me when I lived in Canada. I was always depressed, even went on medication for depression but that all changed drastically when I moved to Florida.
• Australia
3 Feb 07
Hello, I was wondering, when you say you lived in Canada, where did you live, ie, what kind of "winter months" are we talking here. I ask because, a woman once told me that when she lived in Canada she use to cry because of the cold as it use to almost burrow into her bones and I've never been able to really grasp that kind of cold. It was'nt depression she had from the weather, but real pain and I was wondering if that was true for you too. Its strange really, I have always thought that Canada's winter, apart from cold, and difficult would be quite lovely with the snow, but then pictures are always very different fromthe real thing.
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I truly think that the weather affects our moods. Like the SAD Seasonal AFfective Disorder, or whatever. January is always my worst month. I like to read books, exercise or watch ggod movies to make the times better. Good topic!
• Australia
3 Feb 07
the weather definitely does effect how we feel and the way we at times respond or don't respond as the case may be, to different things. It is has been a point of much study in many fields, one such example is children in a classroom on a wild windy day, will be restless, unable to settle, loud and just all over the place, but on a lovely sunny, calm day, they will just be whatever is "the norm."
@sweetlady10 (3620)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Ohh definitely it does ukchriss. I just feel terrible when it's just freezing and I have to go outside. If it's rainging and snowing in seveir cold, I simply hate does days. Don't feel like going anywhere.
@totalguy (563)
2 Feb 07
yes it does and the time of year I.E. winter when it gets dark earlyer and we have less daylight. i suffer from Seasonal affective dissorder and M.E. and depression its always worse in the winter months although i get different problems other times of the year, ive learnt to livewith it and i just think "sh*t happens, thats life just get on with it" works for me.
@camo26 (1419)
2 Feb 07
Yeh i think it does it definatly does for me anyway i find on a cold rainy day and im indoors i feel all cosy and nice but if im outside i would feel a bit miserable and on a hot day i seem to get a head ache if im out to long so therfore makes me in a bad mood but if its just mild i seem to fell nice and relaxed even if im working lol. Also for some reason if its a really cold day my leg hurts where i got a tumor removed so that usually changes my mood to cant be a*sed :) Good Discussion keep them comming
@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
2 Feb 07
Many people like the winter but I hate cold weather and the long dark hours and it does effect me badly .. I feel depressed more often and i don't want to go out or do anything.. the only good thing is that I usually don't get insomniac in winter and I sleep long and deep at night, sometimes I feel that I just need to hibernate .. it may be something in my genes lol
• United States
1 Feb 07
Yes bad weather affects our mood , at least in my case it does.You won't beleive what makes me feel better , a long walk in the rain , OOOH , Loud music works sometimes , and baking and making soup as well
@lauczi (964)
• Poland
1 Feb 07
im sure weather affects poeple's mood. but as everyone is different same with perceiving weather, if it is good or bad. this year was really warm winter. but in jan sudently snow came and then i just smiled and all the day i was smiling, while i love snow and this freezing weather was good for me. however too hot summers make me lazy and take away my activity. rain and thunders make a romantic mood in me.
31 Jan 07
2 years before i was in a country in South east asia. Tropical climate- hot and humid all the time. I found out that the sky is beautiful before it is raining. The clouds are like dark wool and wet with water. when you see the contrast the clouds make with the greens of coconut leaves , there is a strange feeling inside. Awe and inspiring. But rain in the UK. Totally dull especially during winter. No coconut trees around. I cant wait to bask in the summer sun.
31 Jan 07
Yes I think the weather definately affects our mood. Speaking personally, I have been getting up in the morning and driving to work in the dark and driving home in the dark too because of the short days over here in the UK and I think it has definately affected me. It hasn't made me feel depressed, but it has made me feel quite tired and dreary, whereas the sun makes me feel really energetic and lively. Like you, I try to listen to some lively music in the morning to get me going, and at night I try and watch things that make me laugh, it seems to make me feel a bit less weary and dull.