Photo of the Week: Rainy, cloudy weather and our emotions

Rainy Lagos day – Eyes of a Lagos Boy

The last few weeks in Nigeria have been rainy and cloudy in many parts as we are in the middle of one of our two seasons – the rainy season.

Generally, the length of the rainy season decreases from south to north. In the south, the season lasts from March to November, whereas in the far north, it lasts only from mid-May to September.

Gray weather can have a significant impact on our moods, which leads to cancelations of appointments with many choosing to stay indoors. The gloomy and cloudy atmosphere can sometimes leave us feeling down and unmotivated. Our mood can be influenced by the weather, and gray skies often contribute to feelings of sadness or melancholy.

The lack of sunlight during cloudy weather can disrupt our body’s natural production of serotonin, also known as the ‘feel-good’ hormone. This imbalance can lead to a decrease in energy levels and an overall sense of low motivation. Additionally, the constant rain and dampness associated with gray weather can make engaging in outdoor activities or socializing challenging, further exacerbating feelings of isolation or boredom.

However, it’s important to remember that not everyone is affected in the same way by gray weather. Some individuals may find solace in the calming sound of raindrops or enjoy cozying up indoors with a good book. Nevertheless, for those who struggle with their emotions during this time, there are coping strategies that can help combat the effects of gray weather.

Engaging in activities that boost mood, such as exercise or practicing mindfulness techniques, can be beneficial. Surrounding oneself with bright colors or adding indoor plants to create a more vibrant environment at home may also help uplift spirits. Additionally, staying socially connected through virtual means or engaging in hobbies that bring joy can provide a much-needed emotional boost.

We cannot control the weather outside, we have the power to take control of our emotional well-being even when faced with gray skies. By recognizing how these conditions affect us individually and implementing self-care practices tailored to our needs, we can navigate through this period with resilience and maintain a positive outlook on life despite the clouds above us.