Today is my day off at work, and I could make better use of it than just sit at home by the heater and complain. But it’s the hurricane season in the Atlantic and the weather is pretty crazy today. The cold front has brought dark clouds, occasional heavy showers, hail, and the wind, so going for a walk entails risk of getting wet and falling ill.
There isn’t much research on how the strong wind affects mental health, but there are police statistics and popular beliefs. In Polish, we say “the wind blows as if someone had just hung himself”. That’s because halny, a strong and warm foehn-like wind that comes from the Carpathian mountains, is linked to a significant increase of the number of occurrences such as suicides, criminal offenses, and home violence, especially among the mountain population. The same goes for the Santa Ana wind, Chinook, Foehn, Bora, Sirocco, and other similar phenomena. It’s not a coincidence that it’s the mountain people that have the highest suicide rate in Poland. They’re gone with the wind, so to speak.
Why is that? Nobody knows it for sure because as I said, there is little research on meteopathy. But, according to popular lore and statistics in different parts of the world affected by strong winds, they are always related to negative changes in mood and behavior.
One of the reasons why being a Highly Sensitive Person is difficult is that we are more affected by weather changes. I don’t fear the wind as such, as I have never had any traumatic experience linked to strong wind even though I am an ocean sailor. Hurricanes, tornados and other phenomena of this kind are pretty uncommon in my hometown, too. But strong winds have always caused me otherwise unexplained anxiety and tension. Like some disaster is about to happen, even though there is no reason to believe so. I’m not sure if it’s the sound of the wind blowing itself, or if it’s the vibration it causes. But even the mobile internet signal sucks today, so there must be something to it.
How do you react to strong winds? Do they affect you in any way?
I’m curious about your experiences, so feel free to drop me a comment below.