If you are like most people, the answer is, “Yes, weather changes my mood!” I know that weather wreaks havoc on my emotions. I am prone to highs and lows depending on which way the wind blows so I am always looking for ways to embrace the weather and smooth out the roller coaster of my moods.
Match activity to weather. One technique that works well for me is to have activities that I enjoy doing in particular weather. On rainy days, for instance, I love to find a cozy spot to read a favorite book (from easy reading romance novels and murder mysteries to classic literature). I also love to go to the movies when the weather isn’t welcoming. If I have to be outside even though it is pouring, I have comfortable and water resistant outfits that I can count on and lots of bright and cheery umbrellas to help quell the downer mood and dark skies. One winter, Andy and I went to the bowling alley many times to have fun while keeping warm and dry. Planning is really helpful in life and especially useful for dealing with unexpected changes in weather.
Don’t fight your mood. Another approach that I find helpful for dealing with weather change is to go with the flow. Sometimes I allow the darkness of a rainy, dreary day let me go to a quiet and solemn place where I reflect and journal and give myself full permission to go inward. I might be blue and I might even cry, but who says that there is anything wrong with feeling low? Letting yourself really feel the full ranges of emotion from high to low is part of the beauty of being human. Let your heart soar on a brilliant, sunny and perfect temperature day—if you like that sort of thing. Let your mood dip if the weather sends you there. Just be with it.
Try changing perspectives. Another principle in dealing with the impact of external factors like weather is to try on a different perspective. Rain makes you blue—well what about how much the garden is loving the rain? How can you love the rain like the plants do? Try running around in your swimsuit during a rain shower (make sure there is no lighting). Hot humid weather putting you in a foul mood—but doesn’t it make your muscles feel so relaxed and limber? So do some yoga or stretches and enjoy the ease in your body. Wind blowing so hard that it knocks tree branches onto your car that cost mucho dinero to fix (yes that just happened to us)—well, that one is destined to make you mad so just be mad! Then if possible, try on the gratitude perceptive. Be grateful that it didn’t hit while you were in the car and you didn’t get hurt. Or you could try on the perspective that wind is just Mother Nature speaking wonderful sounds to you—OK, perhaps that’s a stretch, but you get the idea ☺.
Weather will be weather and emotions will be emotions, so don’t let either take over your life—instead embrace what life dishes up to you. Use the weather changes and your mood changes as a way to learn more about yourself. I find that the willingness to consider life when you are high and when you are low brings so much more texture to living. And texture is essential!
I wish you all a life filled with diverse and fascinating experiences and emotions!