Rainy Day’s and Sunday’s Don’t Get Me Down…cause it’s the little things!

Rainy day view from my chaise lounge

For some people a few raindrops can change their mood, According to one study, nearly 9 percent of people fall into the “rain haters” category. This group feels angrier and less happy on days with more precipitation.

Sure, the Carpenters sang, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” But can rain really ruin your mood? Personally, I must admit that the change of season does slow me down, and I do LOVE the sunshine, but I’ve never thought about how the rain affected my mood.    A second study suggests that “When it gets dark and dreary out,  It’s pretty common to see a change in the mood — such as feeling sadness or low energy — when it’s rainy outside.”

What can be done to boost a rainy day mood you may wonder? Instead of shuttering the windows and turning off the lights, the best thing is to turn them on instead. Research has been conducted that suggests that light can boost serotonin, which elevates the mood.”  A psychiatrist at the NYC’s Manhattan Neuropsychiatric encourages people to really try to make sure they walk outside, even when it’s cold and rainy.” Getting exposure to UV rays can help regulate your body’s circadian rhythm and boost your mood.”

If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, try to engage in activities that make you feel good: bing on a TV series, watch a cheerful movie, play a game, or create a work of art.  For me, it’s the little things like reading, catching up with telephone calls to friends, writing or merely listening to smooth jazz.  Or better yet I use the pitter-patter as a soothing melody for a cat nap.

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