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How emotions can change with the weather

How emotions can change with the weather
A bright spot in changing moods

Do you love the cosy feel of winter or the warmth of the sun? Or maybe you enjoy cooler days and find relief from the heat?

No matter your favourite season, the weather has a big effect on your mood more than you might think.

If you love the autumn and its ability to bring cooler temps, bright, crisp leaves, and pumpkin-spice flavours to pretty much everywhere, you might find yourself feeling exponentially happier come the end of September. If you loathe snow (and live in an area that frequently gets it), the shortest day of the year, and all the winter holidays that fall between December and March, winter could cause your emotions to plummet.

Feeling the Heat: How It Affects You

Sunny days often bring good times, like hanging out with friends or enjoying outdoor activities. But did you know that higher temperatures can sometimes make people more aggressive? Research shows that when it's hot, there can be more fights, arguments, and even road rage. This is even worse on humid days.

Chilling Out: How Cold Weather Changes Mood

When the seasons shift, some people feel down due to something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It's like a cloud of sadness that comes with colder weather. With SAD, you might feel less happy, have low energy, and not enjoy things you used to love. This happens because there's less sunlight, which affects hormones like melatonin and serotonin.

SAD can show up in different ways:

  • You might lose interest in things you usually enjoy

  • You could end up sleeping more because you feel tired

  • Feeling both slow and restless at the same time

  • It's harder to focus and concentrate

  • You might have more negative thoughts

Massage: A Bright Spot in Changing Moods

In times of changing weather, massage can be like a ray of sunshine. It can help improve your mood when the weather tries to bring you down. When skilled hands work on your body, it triggers relaxation that can lead to good things:

1. More Happy Hormones: Massage can make your brain produce more serotonin, the chemical that makes you feel happy. This can fight off the sad feelings that colder weather might bring.

2. Less Stress: When your muscles are massaged, it makes you feel relaxed and less stressed.

3. Feeling Better: Massage can make your overall mood better by reducing the stress hormone called cortisol. This can help you feel less sad during gloomy days.

4. Mind and Body Together: Massage helps your mind and body work together in harmony. This can keep your emotions more stable.

5. Taking Care of You: Choosing massage is like saying yes to self-care. When

you take care of yourself, you're better prepared to handle whatever the

weather throws your way.

So, whether it's sunshine or snowflakes outside, remember that massage can be your friend. It's a way to find calm and balance when the weather messes with your feelings.

Next week, we’ll look at how reflexology can help balance your emotions too. Until then, if the change in seasons causes you to feel overjoyed, then, by all means, embrace it and enjoy it to its fullest.

Until Next Time ...

Autumn teaches us the beauty of letting go. Growth requires release—it’s what the trees do"

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