A to Z Challenge | W is for Weather 7

Day 23 of my mental health themed A to Z Challenge is W for weather.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

I’ve always been happier in the summer. Sunshine and blue skies instantly make me feel happier. With the nicer weather it is time for holidays, camping trips, lots of walks, BBQs and my birthday! On a day with thick grey clouds my mood is lower, I feel less cheerful and hopeful.

Winter has it’s benefits – cosy evenings on the sofa, open fires, candles, soups, stews, winter walks on cold, crisp, sunny days and Christmas.

I have wondered if I’ve got Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a type of depression which comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. I don’t think I do as my mental health affects me all year round but I know that my mood is affected by the weather.

Whatever the weather

The weather is one of those things that you can’t change. And it’s one of those things that us Brits talk about a lot! Short of moving to a better climate the weather is always going to be something that will affect me.

I’ve tried to embrace hygge in the cooler seasons and embrace the warmer, brighter days when they’re here. I take the opportunity to eat my lunch outside and go for a walk when the sun is shining.

Does the weather affect you and your mental health? Do you have any tips for how to embrace the blue skies and sunshine? Do any of you use a light box? Would you recommend it?


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7 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge | W is for Weather

  • beetleypete

    Weather obsession is definitely something that is very English . As you know, I write about the weather constantly on my blog. Since moving to Norfolk, and being outside so much more, I have literally been overwhelmed with weather obsession, and have to really try hard not to worry about it (bad weather) all the time.
    If you think you might have some S.A.D. in the dark months, lamps are available to combat that condition, and have had good results.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  • lorigg

    Weather obsession is also found on the Canadian prairies. I have not tried a light box even though I suspect the weather does affect my mental state. So far we have had a week of cloud which is slightly unusual here as we are one of the sunniest locations in our country. The cloud is starting to cast its shadow on my mood.

    • LaurenEph Post author

      We had a few days of sunshine and then it’s turned cloudy and rainy here and really quite cold!! I’m on the sofa under a cosy blanket with the heating back on! Hope the weather and your mood starts to improve xx