It's not always sunny in Philadelphia, and it's taking a toll

The longer it rains, the louder the complaints. 

Lynne Adkins
September 25, 2018 - 10:55 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It rained for much of the summer, and now it's autumn. But it's still raining. And the lack of sunshine is taking a toll.

The longer it rains, the louder the complaints. 

"Lowered energy, low motivation, just overall way more sluggish than their typical baseline, more irritable. And then when you combine that with the fact that sometimes people don't physically feel well, the weather can aggravate pain or medical ailments," said Kim Morrison, clinical supervisor at Main Line Health Women's Emotional Wellness Center.

Morrison says we're getting more miserable each day.

"When you think about emotional wellness in general, so many different things can be a trigger. But the weather is just one of those things that's beyond your control," she said. "It's the definition of 'You can't change it.'"

She says a trip to Bermuda would help, but if you can't afford to fly off to a sunny, dry island, you can improve your mood through exercise, cranking up an upbeat playlist or using drops of peppermint or citrus oil in your aroma therapy diffuser. All are mood boosters.