How the Weather Affects the Way We Think

Jordan Mendiola

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Season’s greetings!

To wherever you are and whenever you are reading this. Whether it’s blazing hot or cold as ice, it is a worthy idea to understand the impact that the weather can have on you.

Having a basic understanding of your needs will allow you to set yourself up for your optimal level of productivity. What I mean by this is that if you thrive most in the summertime, then you should live somewhere it is sunny year-round. On the other hand, if you can’t stand the heat, then it would behoove you to reside somewhere it isn’t humid.

Given that life happens, not everyone drops everything and move away. It isn’t that simple for everybody. I get it, but if you are in a stable position to relocate, just do it!

Personal experience

The idea of making a drastic change, such as moving states, came to me when I reached the winter season of my deployment. I must preface that in November of 2018, I was diagnosed with the painful disease known as Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a common chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by scaly patches. This thing sucks! To my demise, psoriasis is the most severe in the cold winter seasons.

Without going into too much detail, my skin was becoming scaly across my body, and sometimes I’d scratch, and it wouldn’t be pretty. This disease has left a few scars that aren’t as noticeable today as they once were. I believe you can compare the reaction of Psoriasis skin to Eczema’s skin in away. Living in Chicago, I had to make at least three trips to the hospital for “lightbox treatment” because I was not taking in enough sunlight on my skin to keep it healthy. The weather has affected me.


Thanks to my deployment, I have seen how well I operate in year-round summer weather! These are some of the key benefits I have personally experienced:

  • High intake of vitamin D
  • Any day is a good day to run outdoors (unless there is a sandstorm)
  • Plans are rarely canceled due to weather (unless it’s a sandstorm)
  • More people are out mingling
  • Beautiful scenery & sunlight intake boosts mood

The world is your oyster, and relocating somewhere that suits your needs can make significant changes in your life. I hope you found this helpful.

“Change is inevitable, progress is optional”

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