How Summer Weather Can Affect Your Mood


Seasonal affective disorder makes people vulnerable to changes in weather or climate. Most people associate SAD with “winter doldrums” or “winter blues.” Dreary winter weather and gray, rainy days tend to have a calming and sometimes draining effect on people. This is especially true if the overcast or gloomy weather persists for a long period of time.

For people who suffer from mood disorders like depression or bipolar depression, the weather has been known to have an even stronger effect than it does on healthy individuals. People who experience seasonal affective disorder may find themselves unusually fatigued, listless and melancholy during the winter season.

It seems that summer and spring may also have an effect on how people function. An article in The Bellingham Herald names “anxiety, insomnia, irritability” and a few others as symptoms of summer or spring SAD.

The article also provides a list of helpful things you can do to offset the negative effects weather can have on your behavior and mood. These tips include getting a healthy amount of exercise, avoiding things with caffeine in them, and following a balanced routine that suits your personal habits and needs.

If you want to know more about how seasonal affective disorder can affect you in any season, you can read the article on the topic by going to the link below. There is also a list of the symptoms that are characteristic of seasonal affective disorder in fall/winter versus spring/summer. This can help you to figure out if you may be affected by SAD and which season is causing it. From there, you can decide which season’s tips may need to be applied to your life, and you can also figure out if you need help from a professional to deal with your symptoms appropriately.

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Robert August 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I have always known that when it’s sunny out, people tend to be happier. Very interesting research!


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