A rainy day can mean many different things to different people. For some we can curl up in a nice big sweatshirt, with our favorite movie, a snack, and warm drink. But why is it that when the weather is bad out, we dread getting out of bed and getting to work? I myself have problems with this. Even the rainy days that I am able to get myself out of bed, I often find myself having trouble giving my work my all and getting done what I need to. I decided to research this problems, cause I am 100% sure I will be having plenty of these this semester. I did some research from Rainy Days , and found many interesting points that can lead to a lack of motivation.
For some it can cause a decline in mood due to the decrease in sunlight the body absorbs as a result of the cloud cover. I came across an interesting article that said that we associate darkness with sleep. It is no surprise that the rain causes darkness and as a result we become unmotivated. This also somewhat ties into my next idea of seasonal depression. These people suffer due to the darkness outside. Not only can darkness be harmful to these people, but in general it can be spooky and unpleasant to everyone which is what causes the lack of motivation. It is interesting how our are brains are wired to think this way psychologically when the weather is bad.
Like I said, many people suffer from seasonal depression. I found from Seasonal Affective Disorder that t
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his means that around certain seasons they can become depressed for many reasons one being the lack of sunlight during the winter, or colder months. Many people would just think they are feeling gloomy on a rainy day, but seasonal depression is an actual psychological disorder that effects many. It is important to take note of this because it not only effects your motivation but also everyday aspects of your life.
When trying to get a baby to fall asleep we usually sing them a lullaby. People are soothed by certain sounds. For many, they are calmed by the sounds of rain. This results in spending lots of time relaxing, sleeping in bed and watching movies. For example, many people use sound machines or sound apps to help them fall asleep. It is almost guaranteed that on one of these machines or apps people can find a sound called something along the lines of “rain falling” or “thunderstorms”. It is proven that rain will make someone sleepy and decrease their willingness to do something.
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This semester when I am faced with many rainy days I will be sure to push myself to get out of bed and be productive because I know that the rain can lead to lack of motivation. This can include heading to the gym, going to the library and not deciding to sleep through class. It is very important that college students especially keep track of how they are feeling during these upcoming months in the fall and winter to realize if they are suffering from seasonal depression.