Summertime Sadness Is Real!
Summer is supposed to be a joyous time full of sunshine, BBQ’s and beach days. For many people, summer can be anything but that. While many of us are well aware of the effects seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has on us during the dwindling daylight hours of the winter, it may be surprising to learn that SAD can rear it’s ugly head in the summertime too!
As the weather changes so do our summertime schedules. Being out of tune with your regular schedule can lead to the onset of summertime sadness! Having a reliable schedule is what helps to keep most people on track and any depression in check! As the days of summer become longer and more activities are undertaken, the routine you’ve come to love and function under may disappear for the season.
Let’s face it heat and humidity can take a toll on anyone. When the body becomes overheated it can lead to a loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping! These changes can lead to feelings of irritability and sluggishness.
Body Image Issues
Summertime is also beach time and you may see nothing but “are you bikini body ready” articles everywhere you look. This time of hyper body focused messaging can lead anyone to feelings of inadequacy and depression. Anyone that isn’t feeling confident in the way they look may seek to isolate themselves from summer activities.
Summer is a time of vacations and vacations can be expensive. This added expense can lead to a lot of added stress. On top of figuring in how much time you can take off and other warm weather expenses that may arise.
If you experience any depression symptoms any time of year it is best to get help. Seek out a certified therapist for help managing your feelings. Much like winter time, strive to work out regularly, prioritize sleep and try your best not to isolate yourself!