Here in the UK there is a fashion of “weather cynicism”. We are often found joking that is always rains and summer is only different to winter because the rain is warm. It’s almost gallows humour and we kid ourselves that it helps us deal with yet another dreary day… but does it really help us?
In the Wellbeing community there is a strong belief in the link between the words we say and how we experience the world around us. It appears our brain can’t tell the difference between negative statements that we make in jest and real negative experiences. This means when we joke that it’s always raining our brain takes that on as a truth about the world. Say it too often and we can find that on those dark, cloudy days where we are feeling low it is hard to think the sun will ever shine again.
This is a negative mind set we just don’t need. When we are feeling low it really can help to have faith that the sun will return and we will feel better, but if we continue to joke that it’s always raining, how can we stay positive?
As a SAD sufferer I notice and remember every sunny day. I am aware of the summer we had last year and how little it actually rained. It was so dry my garden was struggling. And even this winter when much of the country was getting floods, here in the Nene Valley we had very little rain at all.
Commit to no longer being a weather cynic. Start to remember the sunny days as they come, take photos if you need to, and start the believe that quite often the sun does shine. And when you do that, you will begin to have faith that you will feel better again.
Sunbeams to you all