Weather addiction: how to deal with addiction to the weather

Posted on Nov 6, 2022      99

These methods will help to normalize blood pressure, avoid headaches, improve circulation, relieve nervous tension and get rid of joint problems

Almost 70% of people react to changes in the weather. Their well-being is worsened not only by magnetic storms, atmospheric pressure fluctuations, and high air humidity, but also by strong winds, sudden frosts, and intense heat.

Meteosensitivity can occur even in healthy people. The most common symptoms are drowsiness, headache, weakness, dizziness, absent-mindedness, chills, and palpitations.

Which organs of the human body are most affected by changes in the weather?

1. Breaking bones and aching joints

Fluctuations in barometric pressure, lower temperatures, and humidity are changes in the climate that most people often experience long before they occur. Many people’s bodies act as a barometer - their bones ache and their joints ache.

In 2007, the American Journal of Medicine published a study by scientists at Boston and Massachusetts Medical Center. They analyzed the complaints of about 200 patients and found a correlation between changes in weather and joint pain. So people who complain of back and joint pain before the weather changes are telling the truth.

However, the mechanism of this connection is not yet fully understood. Medics can only speculate that increased humidity and changes in atmospheric pressure cause tissue swelling in the joints. And the swelling irritates the nerve endings, causing pain.

2. Headaches appear or intensify

According to scientists, one cause that causes headaches is a change in the weather. Most often, the feeling of discomfort is caused by a change in atmospheric pressure, wind, rain, and snowstorms, as well as a drop in temperature. Sometimes, the headache may be accompanied by nausea, weakness, and even a nosebleed, which is caused by changes in blood pressure.

3. Blood pressure spikes

It is about the pressure spikes you hear the most from weather-prone people. The fact is that when the atmospheric pressure drops; the body lowers the blood pressure. This is its protective function to avoid great stress on the walls of blood vessels. Poor health may be experienced by chronic hypotensive people, who already live with low blood pressure. And in the cold season, it is very difficult for people who suffer from hypertension. It is known that the cold causes the narrowing of blood vessels. Here, to warm up, the heart works faster and actively pumps blood. And this leads to a jump in blood pressure.

According to medics, the simultaneous narrowing of blood vessels and an increase in blood pressure is one of the major causes of heart disease in winter.

4. Allergies appear

Many people know allergies arise and change depending on the season. Spring and summer allergies can be caused by all kinds of plants and their pollen. In the summer, allergies are often caused by poplar down, poison ivy, and ragweed in bloom. And in late fall and winter, the allergen can be any kind of moisture or mold.

But climatic changes can be an allergen. An example of this is cold urticaria. It occurs because of contact with freezing air or icy water. Allergic rhinitis can also occur. Its symptoms are the same as those of non-allergics (colds): runny nose, stuffy nose, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing. Also, because of the sudden cold and increased humidity, asthma attacks can occur.

5. Nervous System Surrenders

Many people’s moods change with changes in the weather. The worse the weather outside, the worse the mood. But as soon as the weather improves, the sun shines - everything gets better.

Psychologists have long proven that there is a close relationship between the weather and a person’s emotional state. It is the period of inclement weather when all the climatic indicators are unstable, and the number of mental exacerbations grows.

Such a concept as seasonal depression is also associated with weather changes. This is especially true in windy weather. While a fresh, moderate sea breeze usually calms the nervous system, strong, dry, and dusty storms can hurt the nervous system.

How to beat a meteorological dependence?

According to experts, it is quite easy. Scientists have long noticed fact that the strength with which people react to changes in the weather depends on their psychological state. The calmer and more balanced person, the weaker he reacts to changes in the weather. And people with an excitable nervous system, this reaction is enhanced.

What do experts recommend people who are sensitive to weather changes to do?

The fight against weather addiction is to take two important steps. So, stage one:

1. Give up unhealthy habits.

Limit yourself to alcohol, stop smoking, coffee, drink strong tea and eat all kinds of sweets.

2. Revise your daily routine.

Get at least eight hours of sleep. If you have insomnia, you can solve this problem with the help of different training and meditation. It is very good to take a contrast shower or a warm bath at night.

3. More physical activity.

Go to the pool and gym, ride a bike and ski, and take regular walks outdoors.

The second step is that it’s important to understand whether dependence is secondary. Changing weather mostly affects weaknesses in the body. If your joints don’t hurt, you’re not prone to allergies and you don’t have blood pressure spikes, then you won’t be sick to the weather either. Meteodependence is inherent only in people who have a predisposition to it. Therefore, in the first place, treat the primary disease. For this purpose, it is necessary to consult a specialist, who will give the recommendations.

1. Taking vitamins

Their deficiency in the body may cause ill health during weather changes.

2. Using adaptogens

These medications help adapt the body to climatic changes.

3. Physical therapy, massages, circular showers, tonic, and relaxing baths.

It helps to normalize blood pressure, avoid headaches, improve circulation, reduce tension and relieve joint problems.