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Dealing with the summer blues

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:04 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Mary Kate Hamilton was joined by Kristi Edwards of Centers to discuss ‘summer blues.’

The following comes from Centers:

Combatting the Summer Blues

Why do people get the “summer blues?”

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

· Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons

· When we think of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), we tend to think of the winter and cold temps

· A small percentage of SAD sufferers are affected during the warm weather and get the summer blues, known as reverse seasonal affective disorder.

· Sometimes summer can cause feelings of depression and anxiety, as well.

What are some of the causes and triggers for Summer SAD?

· High Expectations of Summer being “fun”

· Visions of beach vacations and barbecues can be overwhelming when we have to continue to go to work

· High expectations can create disappointment

· The Heat

· The discomfort of sweltering temperatures can contribute to feelings of overall unhappiness

· Lack of Routine

· A lack of or major change in routine can cause stress

· Binging/emotional eating

· Over Napping—Excessive Screentime

o Netflix, Social Media

· Isolation due to the heat

· Overspending on “vacation fun”—trips, etc. can lead to anxiety

· Pressure to have that “Summer Physique”

· There is that social media “hot girl summer” trend encouraging us all to get ready for summer. This is particularly difficult for our adolescents and teenagers

· If the goals we have are not achieved, we can feel a sense of self-loathing, regret.

· Trying on bathing suits can create negative feelings in people of all shapes and sizes

· Social Media – Summer Envy

· Social Media can make us feel like “summer losers”

o Vacations to Italy

o Summer Parties

o Family Reunions

o Beautiful People Photos

If you are feeling a little down, what are some things you can do to combat the summer blues?

· Remember that Vacations, events, outings, etc. all have ups and downs—be willing to accept that there is no such thing as “perfect”

· The pressure to be “outside” in hot weather can be overwhelming.

o Choose activities that are best for YOU--Movies, Library Visits, Bowling—you don’t have to feel pressured to suffer outside

· Be intentional. Create NEW routines that fit with summer schedules to help keep a sense of

· Keep a regular bedtime & waking time

· Create a calendar of summer events

· Try to limit spending and find activities that are free

· Summer Body Image--It is important to remind ourselves where these feelings come from, and step away from the scale for a moment.

· Concentrate on physical activities that are enjoyable & avoid comparisons

· Remember that social media never reflects exact reality

· People take many photos, edit, before posting “the one”

· TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA!

o No one has a perfect life. People are all subject to the same difficulties and emotions.

o Be Intentional and Create a disconnect & connect plan

· IF YOU JUST CAN’T SEEM TO SHAKE THE SUMMER BLUES, GIVE US A CALL.

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