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Old 05-08-2008, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I bet a lot of you were wondering how I can handle so much heat or why cool to cold weather bothers me at times. I'm thinking it's 50/50 parts mental and physical.

I've spent most of my life "almost" shivering, like indoors at 70-72 F I feel a slight coolness on my skin... and that might be the warmest I feel for 5-7 months straight. I've spent most of my life, anywhere from 2/3rds to 3/4's of the time after say age 8 worrying or wondering if I'll get goosebumps, or worse.

I've also discovered recently that I only feel warm enough when I'm almost close to sweating.

Does this make sense?
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Well I am only comfortable when I'm almost cold.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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yes it makes a lot of sense. Cold and cloud is mentally depressing and physically unpleasant.
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Old 05-09-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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yes it makes a lot of sense. Cold and cloud is mentally depressing and physically unpleasant.
Not to me! I love it!
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Old 05-09-2008, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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yes it makes a lot of sense. Cold and cloud is mentally depressing and physically unpleasant.
Its only depressing to crybabies.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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Its only depressing to crybabies.
I guess I must be a cry baby!
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Its only depressing to crybabies.
I often find it depressing if I don't have much to do.

If I'm already busy it's usually easy to ignore.
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Well I am only comfortable when I'm almost cold.
Were you saying you sweat too easily?
Is that only reason you prefer being almost cold or are there other reasons?

Maybe there's something to this mental thing...
Do you find you can accept or ignore more warmth when you're busy?

It's funny that you mention wanting to move to western NC partly because you love cold. I would actually like to live in western NC instead of Ontario because it's warmer and sunnier. Not in summer, but fall, winter and spring. 60's+ F and calm sunshine are scarce as chicken's teeth 5-7 months a year here, while everywhere in NC 60's+ F are common 8-12 months a year.
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I wonder if the reason I can adapt to high heat indexes like 105-110 F is mostly mental.

I was thinking since I do not like not being somewhat warm (like at least slightly noticeable amounts of body heat from every part of my body) that when the heat index is high, it only heats me slightly higher than my "comfort level." I can also imagine that getting mad, irritable or stressed would only increase circulation and the bodies internal heat generation. Sometimes when I feel overheated I can focus on relaxing that hot body part and I feel almost instant relief.

It would be very interesting if 90-100% of my tolerance to "dangerous" heat indexes is attributed to my attitude alone...
(Could be, but if I had to make a hypothesis I'd err on 50/50 mental and physical.)

Cold is the opposite; getting mad, stressed or irritable helps make your body work better while relaxing "bites you in the butt" by dropping circulation and heat output.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Were you saying you sweat too easily?
Is that only reason you prefer being almost cold or are there other reasons?

Maybe there's something to this mental thing...
Do you find you can accept or ignore more warmth when you're busy?

It's funny that you mention wanting to move to western NC partly because you love cold. I would actually like to live in western NC instead of Ontario because it's warmer and sunnier. Not in summer, but fall, winter and spring. 60's+ F and calm sunshine are scarce as chicken's teeth 5-7 months a year here, while everywhere in NC 60's+ F are common 8-12 months a year.
Yes I sweat very easy, I am VERY hot natured. And I HATE being hot. I have never been able to accept or ignore the heat here, and the busier I am, the hotter I am. Yes one reason we want to move to NC is because of the winter. They have winter, but like like further up north. And summer is definitely better there.
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