Many of us, me included, laughingly maintain we are solar-powered: we are more energetic on a sunny day and more lethargic when it is overcast.
But the weather does more than just lift our moods.
Less considered but perhaps more important for physically sensitive people, are the weather systems that bring those sunny or cloudy skies.
Biometeorologiest Jennifer Vanos describes how blood pressure is impacted by weather systems.“When atmospheric pressure decreases, your blood pressure drops . . . Low temps cause your blood vessels to narrow, meaning on the whole, blood pressure is lower in the summer.”
Atmospheric pressure is usually referred to as the barometric pressure. The body will adjust to a long-term barometric pressure, but sudden changes in the barometric pressure can cause body issues. A couple of common concerns are joint pains and migraines.
Here is a list of times when the atmospheric pressure changes.
Since many people with sensory issues are sensitive to the environment, knowing more about atmospheric pressure might help to understand that some days are going to be more difficult.
Below is a list of suggestions for dealing with changes in barometric pressure. Most of the information gathered was based on people who suffer from migraine headaches, since that was the main complaint.
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature. Paulo Coelho
Weather forecast for tonight: dark. George Carlin
- Accept the fact some days will not be gold star days. When a storm is on its way or there will be a sudden change in barometric pressure, take a deep breath, speak and move with kindness, and be patient.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet (reducing inflammatory foods is good for more than just addressing changes in weather systems).*
- Rest. The body heals itself during rest.*
- Cold and hot compression to dilate the blood vessels.* (also see P.S.)
- Massage therapy.*
- Magnesium (also see this previous article)*
- Weighted blankets or other weighted items*
- Salt lamps*
- Salt pipe*
- Fish oil*
Although I could not find any research specifically dealing with the best way to combat atmospheric pressure in people with sensory issue, there was one mom's experience with her autistic child, one anecdotal report about children,and a thesis that supports the theory that weather affects children's behaviour.
*Items 2-8 found here.
Items 9 & 10 found here.
Items 11 – 14 can be found here.
Another article with alternative suggestions can be found here.
May you experience a week of sunny skies and normal blood pressure.
P.S. Did you know that the holiday time is NOT the most common time for suicide? It is late spring/summer!