Opinion: People need to change their mindset to adapt to the rain


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Although California might not be dealing with a drought anymore, we desperately need some Vitamin D at the moment.

Samantha Dahlberg, Staff Writer

Everyone in California loves the sun; it is known as our comfort zone.

Warm, sunny days put everyone in a good mood.

According to bestplaces.com, a site that features the best places to live in the U.S., “On average, there are 284 sunny days per year in Los Angeles. The U.S. average is 205 sunny days.”

While we do not have the bright sun shining on us every day, none of us are used to the gloomy weather that we call the dreadful rain. We all hate the rain, but we have to deal with it whether we like it or not.

After all, it is a given that we can’t control the weather.

Rain or shine, our mood should be the same, but some people become depressed because they do not know how to handle this weather when it comes around.

Feeling like this whenever gloomy weather occurs is called seasonal affective disorder.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue in the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.”

With the past few weeks of our continuous showers of rain, I have been in that cold weather slump as well. What I miss the most about the sun is going on photo shoots with my friends where we would drive to a new location every time and have a blast taking pictures of each other.

Now, when I want to go and hang out with friends, we have to always alter our plans to adjust to what is going on outside.

There are ways to help feel better without the gleaming sun. The most popular treatment is called light therapy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “In light therapy, also called phototherapy, you sit a few feet in front of a special light box so that you’re exposed to bright light within the first hour of waking up every day. Light therapy mimics outdoor light and appears to cause a change in brain chemicals linked mood.”

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At the same time, you can be in a good mood even if it is raining.

It is all about your mindset, and telling yourself that you want to be the same person that you are when the sun is out is possible.

According to the Huffington Post, “If you’re in a good mood, chances are, bad weather won’t bring you down too much. But if you’re crummy already, a cold, dreary day could easily make your mood go from bad to worse.”

Even though people say that the weather affects your mood, what really affects your mood is how your mind perceives everything that you are dealing with right now.

People always want to blame something on their problems. So when there is a day or weeks of bad weather, such as when rain occurs, they just need to figure out how to cope with it at this point because the weather is never going to be perfect for their mood.