Weather sensitivity, what is it

Weather sensitivity, what is it?

Few scientific studies exist to date to prove the real effects of weather conditions on our health. However, some experts in bio-meteorology , particularly in Quebec, have looked into the subject. According to them, we are weather-sensitive if one or more of the following symptoms is accentuated in us depending on the weather conditions  (usually with cold and humidity, but also during a heat wave):

  • headaches
  • fatigue and difficulty falling asleep
  • arthritis pain
  • high blood pressure
  • poor blood circulation
  • asthma attacks , breathing difficulties
  • old pain related to a fracture or a scar
  • a tendency to get sick when the seasons change

Weather-sensitive… we all are!

At all times, humans have had to adapt their organism to climatic variations. But by becoming sedentary and surrounding themselves with more and more comfort, Man has also become more sensitive to weather conditions . Today, we are all weather-sensitive , to varying degrees. The weather influences our mood, our emotions and our behavior. For example, we give tips more easily when the weather is nice, some people concentrate better in rainy weather, etc. Many of us also suffer from the famous seasonal depression , fatigue and temporary depression appearing with autumn. and the decrease in brightness.Finally, the weather influences our health, in a more or less pronounced way according to each person . Obviously, it is more common to fall ill in cold weather or when it thaws, and the heat wave greatly disrupts our sleep, as it affects our blood circulation. Any extreme climate also tests our body when it has not been able to prepare for it properly. 

After rain the good weather

If the weather conditions affect us negatively (because sometimes on the contrary, as in spring, they give us a boost), there are ways to counteract this phenomenon: being weather-sensitive can be cured . First of all, you have to adopt good light hygiene from the start of winter. That means exposing yourself daily to natural light, at least one hour a day. The best is to do it while walking, in a park or in nature, in full consciousness. We are never safe from seeing a rainbow! At home, we take care of its interior and we light it up warmly. If necessary, you can invest in a light therapy lamp .

Then, you have to take care of your biological rhythm . In the city, we are cut off from nature and the natural rhythm of the sun, which does not favor the adaptation of our organism to weather changes. It is therefore important to respect bedtimes corresponding to the season. In autumn and winter, you have to go to bed early to have a restful sleep , and get up early to enjoy the day. Against the cold and the ambient gloom, we adopt clothes that keep us warm while being cozy and cheerful. We treat ourselves daily with herbal teas and vitamin juices , and if necessary we take a vitamin D cure . We also play sportsto loosen the joints and boost the immune system.

Finally, if practicing cocooning is important and rejuvenating, we must not forget that we also strengthen our body by regularly exposing it to the cold . This is called hormesis , a practice of gently stressing your body to relearn how to defend and adapt. A practice not to be neglected when you are weather-sensitive  !

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