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How The Weather Affects Your Health - HomeDecorWarrior

Updated: Aug 15

Written by Suvendu Mahato | in Homedecorwarrior


The forecast predicts a lot more than whether you'll need a brolly. Rain, wind and shine all impact your well-being, for better or worse. Minimise the negatives with these handy tips!



How Weather Affects Your Heart

Extreme temperatures can put a strain on the heart, which raises the risk of heart attack or stroke in those with high cholesterol or arterial plaque build-up. Cold temps cause blood vessels to constrict, making the heart work harder to circulate blood.


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On very cold or hot days, avoid overexertion, such as strenuous work around the house or garden, especially if you're not used to regular exercise. Prevent over heating by avoiding activities in direct sun during the hottest hours of the day (noon to 3pm).


How Weather Affects Your Mood

With less sunlight in autumn and winter, you may experience a seasonal slump. Fewer hours of sunlight can disrupt your internal clock and cause a case of the blahs that may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).


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Bright light first thing in the morning is a good substitute for sunlight. Install high-wattage bulbs in your bathroom to help as your prep for the day. Regular exercise also help keep your happy. A 15-to 20-minute brisk daily walk will do it! Try to combat stress, anxiety and depression by spending time in nature. If you can't make it out to your local park, beach or hiking trail, get busy in the garden or brighten up your home with houseplants.


How It Affects Aches And Pains

When people say they can feel the weather in their bones, they ain't lying. A fall in barometric pressure - which happens before a front or storm moves in - may cause the shock absorbing parts of joints to become achy or painful. It's common for people to experience swelling and tighter muscles. Migraines and headaches may also be triggered by low barometric pressure.



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Staying warm is vital. Heat boosts blood flow and stimulates skin receptors that improve pain tolerance and relax muscles. Regular exercise such as yoga or water aerobics can improve chronic pain and reduce discomfort. Migraine sufferers should stay well-hydrated, avoid other known triggers and always wear sunnies whatever the weather. If a storm is on the way, take a long-acting pain reliever or your prescription meds to ward off an attack.



How Weather Affects Skin

Dry outdoor air and indoor heat can cause skin to lose moisture and become inflamed, dry and itchy. Many common skin conditions, including rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, can be exacerbated. Of course, hot temps and too much sun can also aggravate these conditions by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the skin.


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Hydrate! Moisturise! Protect! Pat moisturiser onto damp skin right after you shower to seal it in. If you're in a dry climate or during seasons with low humidity, consider using a humidifier. Never neglect sunscreen outdoors whatever the season, and wear a hat and scarffor added protection.


How Weather Affects Allergies/Asthma

The weather's impact on seasonal allergies and asthma is huge! A warmer than usual winter makes trees pollinate sooner, causing symptoms to show up earlier and last longer. Hot spells in spring can result in more intense periods of pollen. For asthma sufferers, cold, dry air can dehydrate bronchial tubes, causing them to narrow and restrict airflow. Rain can be a blessing or a bother. A wet spring promotes rapid plant growth, which can cause allergy symptoms to come on fast and furious. But rain can also temporarily each itchy eyes and a runny nose by washing away airborne pollen from trees, grass and weeds. Dry and windy weather can cause an uptick in symptoms, too, as wind spreads pollen.


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Know when pollen season peaks in your area and avoid extended outdoor activities during those times. Keep doors and windows closed and know that pollen levels are usually highest before 10am. If your suffer severe allergy symptoms, see your doctor for a referral to an allergist. An allergy shot can successfully reduce hay fever symptoms in most people. And always follow your treatment protocols if your have asthma.


GOOD TO KNOW

KEEPING A DIARY OF HOW YOU FEEL AND WHAT THE WEATHER IS DOING WILL HELP YOUR SEE A PATTERN AND BE BETTER PREPARED

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