We all know about the immediate impact of the weather; rain, sunshine, frost, wind... It's all been talked about over and over again.
But there are some influences that do not get as much attention, but which equally, or even more, affect us, our wellbeing and our ability to function; the seasons and their passing, full moon, the earth's magnetic fields.
As for the weather, it is quite easy, to a degree, to eliminate their influences. You can get shelter, dress properly and light a fire, but for these other of nature's forces, dealing with them is often much more difficult and longterm, because they do not just affect the outside, but work from the inside out as well.
Another force that affects many is the changing of the seasons; the transition from summer into autumn and, often much more noticeable, the transition of winter into spring. I experience both, but the latter has a huge impact on me, my psyche and my fysical abilities. I experience fatigue, both mentally and fysically, I am moody and depressed, have very low energylevels or find it difficult to get started doing anything. I loose interest in my hobbies and my work and familylife often become a burden. These effects are the worst if winter has been grey and wet for prolonged periods of time.
Than there is the immediate affect each season has on us.
It may sound weird, but summer is actually my least favorite of all seasons!
To me this is the "golden" season, reflecting in the sun's light and colouring grasses and leaves. Everything slows down even more, to come to a halt at the end of the season. I slow down more, can sit there and just look around for hours (not literally, but it does come close), looking at leaves as they fall from the trees and drift and tumble all the way to the floor.
The cold helps to shake and brake the hibernatic state and it feels wonderfull to be refreshed after a day out, when it is freezing. The air is chrystalclear and you can see for miles, yet there is very little movement. It is also a time to turn inside myself, a time for thaught and a time for reading. The end of winter is also a time of planning, waiting to be "born" once again!
What all this has to do with the outdoors? Simple, it can and sometimes does affect my ability to function effectively, both as a worker but as a human, too, and I do believe it will affect others too. It can seriously decrease my ability to deal with problems, but it can also mean that I overestimate myself or others.
Understanding these processes might, and already often has, prevent(ed) trouble and help me overcome certain obstacles in order to get home in one piece, but also, and equally important, to still enjoy being out there.