How to Deal with Summertime sadness
For many people, summertime is a good time of the year. However, there are some who don’t feel the same way about it. In fact, this season can be stressful for some.
The added pressure to be enjoying the season or doing something exciting can be too much for some of us. This and a mix of feelings such as loneliness, boredom, isolation, and sadness can pave the way to summertime blues.
Why do we experience it?
There are so many reasons behind summertime sadness. Some of it can be brought by major life changes while some can be due to constant pressure from peers.
No matter what your reason is behind it, there are ways to manage it.
This may be intimidating or challenging to do when you’re already feeling down and isolated, but this can be helpful. Reaching out may not feel natural to you, but like anything else, you can improve this through practice.
You may start with messages or notes and from there, you can transition to calls and even video calls!
Once you start doing this, you may be surprised by how people respond. You will realize that it isn’t as bad as you think it is.
Find things that you enjoy
The ads we see about summer may make us feel that if we don’t have anyone around, we can’t enjoy it. This is not true.
Regardless of the season, having that alone time can be beneficial for your mental health. Take those solo moments to learn a skill or find a hobby that you enjoy or may start enjoying.
Have a social media break
Social media may have been created to make us more connected, but sometimes, it can breed more feelings of isolation and inadequacy. If you’re starting to feel this way, take a break. It may take a while to get used to it, but in the end, you’ll appreciate having this break from social media platforms.
Offering your time and effort for a cause is one way to boost those feel-good hormones. So, look up in your area for volunteer opportunities. It may be a venue for you to find more like-minded people.
Still feeling down after doing all these? You may need to talk to a specialist for help (and there’s nothing wrong in doing this).
NeurOasis is a company that specializes in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy. It’s an effective and less invasive alternative to antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. For a no-obligation consultation, you may call us at (520) 338-2557.