As spring and summer is around we find ourselves being more active. Hiking, swimming, and taking road trips are some of the many outdoor activities we partake in while the sun sizzles. Then as fall and winter come, we tend to stay in more, binge watch shows, and eat heavier dishes. This could be due to our body’s need for warmth, but it also could be our unconscious affecting our mood without us realizing.
Wanting to stay home and do nothing on a rainy day may not be because it’s relaxing, but because its your mood switching into a state of sadness. Tecsia Evans, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist practicing in San Francisco stated that there, where it rains an average of 67 days a year, its common to see moods changing to feelings of sadness or low self esteem when it rains.
This was true for Fordham Law student, Marisa Rametta, who did a year teaching Second Grade as part of an AmeriCorps program. “On nice days I was outside a lot, hiking but on rainy days I didn’t really go out. I felt a little lonely, missed home friends and family more than usual.”
Marist College student Hannah Miller, who recently studied abroad in London, had a similar experience. “I felt lonely on rainy days especially when my roommate wasn’t home,” said Miller. She explained how she felt less motivated on those London rainy days and when it was nice out she definitely did more sight seeing.
The winter blues stood true for Marist College student, Kyle Wurzel, who is from Austin, Texas. Wurzel’s first winter in New York was one of the worst winters in the state’s history. “I was certainly shocked. I was constantly sick and hated the cold-hot transitions between inside and outside. I was constantly complaining, you’ll never hear me say I’m a fan.”
Ali Welish, a Marist College student from San Francisco, like Wurzel, faced one of the worst New York winters her first semester at college. “I hate the cold and barely went out on weekends during the winter. I spent a lot of time video chatting with my family back in California, I was homesick.” “ Now that I’ve gotten used to the New York weather these past three years I don’t think the winter is going to affect me as much now.”
According to an article reviewed by Mark R Laflamme, MD, exposure of sunlight is believed to increase the hormone called serotonin, which boosts your mood and helps a person feel more relaxed.
Chris Coppola, a freshman at SAE in Miami, Florida, felt an upbeat change in his mood being in Florida rather than his hometown in New Jersey. “I’m more outgoing at college, when I was home I kept to myself more.” Coppola explained that he’s an independent kid who likes to do his own thing, but in Florida, the sunshine state, he feels a positive energy and wants to spend more time with people rather than on his own.
Weather has the ability to mess with our moods, and the numerous accounts just gives proof to the science.