Time affects the health of both the body and the mind. Each year brings with it various challenges: fewer hours of daylight, changes in air pressure, humidity, temperature and more.
Here’s what time can affect:
- The mood
Light is one of the most important factors affecting mood, and a few hours of daylight in certain months can shift the interior clock and cause seasonal depression.
- At the heart
Extreme temperatures increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in those who already have arteriosclerosis and so on, while low temperatures constrict blood vessels that make circulation more difficult.
Avoid too much effort on hot or cold days, especially if you are not exercising regularly. This means not working outdoors (yard maintenance, removing snow with a shovel) and avoid being outdoors in the hottest hours of the day (noon to 15h).
- The seasonal allergies
Weather affects allergy symptoms caused by pollen and mildew (external and internal). For example, warmer than usual winter causes earlier pollination of trees, whereby allergic symptoms may occur earlier than usual and last longer. Warm spring days, in turn, result in more intense periods when pollen is released, while premature snow melting can intensify the appearance of mold.
Frequent spring rains promote faster plant growth, making allergy symptoms appear faster and more intense, with dry and windy weather also affecting symptoms as the wind spreads pollen and mold.
- On the skin
The contrast between dry outdoor air and warmth in homes (in winter) causes the skin to lose moisture and become red, dry, and drooping. At the other end of the spectrum, high temperatures and sunlight can exacerbate skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, and so on due to the dilation of blood vessels and increased blood flow to the skin.