How weather affects our physical and mental health
If weather changes alter your mood; if winter saddens you, or your knees become your secret whistle-blowers announcing the upcoming rain, then it is highly likely that you are meteorsensitive.
We take for granted that storms depress us, that spring fever exists, that winds madden us, and that the moon affects women’s menstrual cycle. But, what is the truth behind all that? And more importantly, which other environmental factors or meteorological upheavals can alter our physical and mental health?
When Mar Gómez, a Physicist and meteorologist moved to southwest Madrid, she could tell how her body was reacting to the drier weather and the local gusty winds. Driven by her scientific curiosity, she immersed herself in the study of meteorsensitivity, a rather unknown discipline, but one that offers mind-blowing answers to understand the effects that atmospheric changes have on our bodies. And, most importantly, how the current advance of climate change will end up affecting not only the planet, but also all of us.
“The first time I came across the word meteorsensitivity I felt completely recognised. Many of the things implied by its concept were already happening to me. However, there was not much information about it. My research led me to a number of scientific publications linking mood alterations to certain seasons of the year; joint pain with humidity changes, and headaches, irritability and anger with hot, dry, desert winds.”
“Atmospheric pressure, wind, high temperatures, pollution, solar radiation, altitude or the effect of the moon are some of the aspects that I have dug with the main intention of demolishing myths and finding answers in the only place where I have encountered the truth since I was a little girl: science.”