Dealing with the summer blues
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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