Are you the type of person who feels down a lot during the winter months? Does a warm and sunny summer day just make you feel happier? Does a downpour make you want to go inside and just crawl under the covers?
It seems pretty clear that there are definitely some individuals out there whose mood is influenced by the weather outside. This subject has been gaining interest in the wake of the more extreme examples of weather the world has experienced recently. With climate change continuing even faster than scientists initially predicated, that sort of thing will no doubt continue and possibly even get much worse.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a well-known cause of depression for some. It mainly affects people during the winter when the reduction of sunshine and inability to enjoy as much time outdoors causes them to feel deflated. However, it can actually occur during any time of the year; people who don’t like hot weather may experience SAD during the summer months.
Extreme weather can also cause high levels of stress, which may lead to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The weather events may bring this about, but so can the aftermath of something like a tornado or tsunami. Having to rebuild your life after the loss of a home or relatives can take a major toll on a person.
It should be noted that unpleasant weather can further heighten a person’s already negative mood. Studies have also shown that crimes involving violence tend to increase during particularly hot stretches of weather. Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, homicides tend to drop during cold weather. It may seem simplistic to say this is due to people not wanting to go outside in the cold, but there may well be some truth to that.