Why Feelings Are Like the Weather

If you don’t favor one, wait 10 minutes

Posted November 6, 2019 | Reregarded by Gary Drevitch


What if it was your project to make certain it was sunny and 80 degrees external tomorrow? That would certainly be a pretty stressful project, right? Well, feelings are similar to the weather: We have about as much manage over our emovements as we carry out the weather. Sometimes you deserve to predict just how you’re going to feel, simply as we deserve to generally predict the weather. For instance, if you’re a student heading into an exam, your mood will certainly likely readjust for the worse. But sometimes it simply rains and also we don’t recognize why. Moods/feelings/eactivities come from a component of our brain we don’t have mindful manage over (i.e., the “caveman” or survival brain). As such, we don’t have actually straight manage over our mood; we can’t “will” ourselves to be happy or make ourselves not be worried. Thinking around feelings the way we think around the weather deserve to help us understand some vital skills for managing our feelings.

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I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, on the prairies of Canada. It was pretty dry, just raining two to 3 times a year. My family members of four owned only one umbrella, and also that was plenty. Then I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the Atlantic shore, where it rains a lot. One day while talking through a frifinish on the phone, she asked me what I was approximately. I described that I couldn’t go external because it was raining, and also I was waiting for it to soptimal. She laughed. “If you won’t leave the house when it’s raining in Halifax, you’ll never leave the house!” So, I went out and bought rain pants, rain boots, and also a raincoat—also a rain cover for my bag. So now as soon as it rains, I have the right to still go outside and live my life.


If we think about our emotions to be the weather, then proceeding to live our life in spite of our emovements, such as being in a “bad” mood, is an essential ability. In other words, simply as I made a decision to not let the rain keep me from leaving my residence, we don’t let our emotions take over our day or make our decisions for us.


This ability isn’t around making the emotional weather enjoyable; it’s about riding out the emotional storm or weather bereason inevitably it will certainly pass; our mood will readjust. You’ve most likely heard the expression, “If you don’t favor the weather, wait ten minutes.” Like the weather, our moods are always altering.


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If we think about our feelings to be prefer the weather, another important idea emerges. Sometimes our feelings seem overwhelming and overpowering. But if we think around our feelings as being component of us but not all that we are, then our feelings deserve to feel even more controlled. This principle is recorded in this metaphor, You are the blue sky; your feelings are the weather (motivated by Harris 2009). If your feelings are the weather, then you are the blue sky wbelow weather happens. If that’s the instance, then your feelings are simply things passing via your mind, as a tornaperform passes via the skies. You are not your feelings.


If you are the blue sky and also your feelings are the weather, then just as the worst hurricane or tornacarry out can’t damage the blue skies, and also ultimately ends, your feelings can’t damage you, and also ultimately they will certainly pass. Sometimes we simply have to wait out the storm. Does that expect it’s fun to live through a tornaexecute, or a rainstorm? Of course not! Is it less complicated to live your life once it’s sunny and 80 levels compared to as soon as it’s rainy and also stormy? Of course. Is it simpler to live my life once I’m happy compared to when I feel low? Of course. But if I let the weather identify what I can get done, I’ll forever before be at the mercy of something I can’t control.


Our job is to make space for our feelings, to be the blue sky so we don’t have to communicate in unhealthy and balanced behavior to cope via our feelings and we have the right to continue to carry out the things that issue to us regardless of our mood or the weather.


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Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D.

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, is a clinical psychologist specializing in actions change, excessive weight, chronic illness, and also Acceptance and also Commitment Therapy.