Its been raining a lot here in Malaysia. I mean, we are a tropical country after all and prone to having a monsoon season every now and again, but lately, its been ridiculous. Every day at about 3-4pm the skies close in, the clouds turn black and we brace ourselves for rain.
When it rains, its torrential, and it doesn’t stop for anything. When the rains are near the sky is heavy, dark and overcast, everything is grey and there is this ominous sense of forebrooding in the air. Its nice of course to be indoors, and nice to have the warm heat alleviated by the cool rains, and almost cold winds. But when it happens daily, I’ve found that it affects my mood.
Does the weather affect yours?
I’ve learnt over the years that deep down, as much as I enjoy the cool weather in temperate climates, I’m a tropical gal at heart. The sun warms me and although the heat can get to me in the hot months, I feel much better being able to see some sun, as opposed to being cold for months on end, and having grey skies overhead.
When it rains a lot or when the sky is grey, my mood tends to plummet and I get irritated more easily. Somehow, things don’t look as bad when its lovely and bright, but when its dark and grey, every small issue becomes a major problem.
Thinking back, I’m never quite sure now how I lasted through the long dreary winter days and nights as a student. London is not the sunniest place in the world I can assure you 😛 Back then, no one talked about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder aka Winter Blues) and there were no lamps to mimic sunlight to alleviate that mood.
I love travelling in the Autumn because its my favourite time of year. Its cool, the days aren’t too short and if I’m lucky, there’s sun to be had to enjoy even while the cool wind nips my cheeks. But I’m always glad to be back here in the warmth and I swear my disposition improves too 🙂
Does the weather affect your mood? Do you feel better for having had a bit of sun?