No Chill: How Temperatures Affect Tempers

a man wearing winter clothesIt’s no secret that as the weather gets hotter, people get grumpier and angrier. Just think about it, there are a lot of wild road rage incidents during the summer compared to colder seasons. But what’s temperature got to do with people’s emotions and behaviors?

Rising Temperatures and Tempers

An increase in body temperature causes all kinds of drastic changes in the body. Your blood pressure is up, and your heart rate is fast. These are all part of physical arousal caused by hot temperatures. Increased physical arousal, as Tennesee health experts explain, is linked to aggressive behavior. What’s interesting here is, when you’re drenched in sweat, you feel a little bit lazier and more slothful. That means you tend to perceive your actions as less active (or aggressive) than they actually are.

When you combine untapped aggressiveness and low awareness of that aggressive tendency, it’s essentially the ingredients to a temper waiting to explode.

Taming Temper Outbursts

Hot temperatures are, of course, inevitable when you’re out during the noon or in the summer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything with your temper. Maintain a cool environment at your home. JC’s Heating and Air recommends an HVAC installation in your Knoxville, TN property, so you can keep a comfortable space during hot climates. If you do have AC units already, make sure that they are in good working condition. Replace filters every two months, as dirty filters are one of the primary culprits behind units unable to properly cool the space.

Avoid going outdoors during the peak of the heat, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Stay in your office or at home during these hours. But if you would need to go outside, always bring an umbrella and a bottle of cool water with you. It’s also important to dress in light clothing so your skin can freely breathe and your body can cool off. Choose cotton and light-colored fabrics.

Temperatures play a big role in tempers. Keep calm and cool during the hot weather to avoid running into disaster.