Weather Sensitivity – What’s it all about?
The beginning of the year is traditionally characterised by capricious weather conditions and temperature changes: One day, it feels like autumn; the next day, it’s freezing; and sometimes even spring seems to peek for a while. These weather changes cause many people to suffer from headache, circulatory problems and fatigue. We explain where higher weather sensitivity is coming from and what you can do against it.
What does weather sensitivity mean?
People with weather sensitivity react hypersensitively to weather conditions, and particularly to a prompt change. When weather and temperatures change, our body adjusts to the new conditions. Even though this happens unconsciously, some people react more sensitively to the changes than others. In this case, the body is overwhelmed by the transition and is unable to adjust quickly enough. Typical symptoms are disruption of sleep, fatigue, headache, migraine, irritability and circulatory problems. The bigger the weather changes, the higher the impact on sensitive people.
In severe cases, weather sensitivity can also lead to an aggravation of illnesses, pain and injuries; for instance, asthmatics can suffer from increased difficulties in breathing, and rheumatism patients might feel stronger rheumatic pain.
Tips for prevention against weather sensitivity
If you’re weather sensitive, there are a few things you can do in order to alleviate symptoms. Here are a few tips:
1. Outdoor activity
If you’re struggling with weather sensitivity, it’s best to face the enemy eyeball to
eyeball. Whether strolling, jogging or walking – even half an hour daily outside in the fresh air does wonders for your health, regardless of the weather. Thus, the body learns to adjust better to temperature changes, and the physical exercise supports your fitness. Those who seldom find motivation to become active can get digital support. Omron’s handy activity monitors provide the perfect device for different types of sports: JogStyle for runners, WalkingStyle for walkers or CaloriScan for calorie-conscious strollers. Thereby, even rainy
days won’t keep you from your outdoor experience.
2. Regular day and sleep rhythm
The body’s health is not only supported by physical exercise; sufficient sleep and a regular daily rhythm according to the body clock are also of grave importance. If you sleep too less, too much or at irregular times, you harm your immune system. In general, seven to eight hours of sleep at night are ideal.
3. Healthy diet
Normal-weight people who eat consciously can deal better with weather moods. A well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet, with a lot of fruits and vegetables, is not only healthy and strengthens your wellbeing; it also reduces the risk of migraines and headaches.
4. Wellness and relaxation
Regularly taking a sauna with the obligatory cold shower after the sweating activates the blood vessels and stimulates blood circulation as well as metabolism. That’s not only wellness for your body, but also for your soul. If you’re physically and mentally relaxed, you can handle weather stress better.
5. No cigarettes or alcohol
Those who are prone to weather-related ailments should miss out on cigarettes, alcohol and coffee; they not only intensify migraines, but are also often the origin of headaches.
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