What to do about summer depression?

July 28, 2019

Many of us associate summer with fun – the easy-livin’ vibe, being out with family and friends, and the next unforgettable vacation. What’s not to love about this season? 

While many of us see summer this way, there are those who struggle this time of the year. Some people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be sick of it. It’s harder for these people to deal with it as other people expect them to feel good and have fun during this time.

SAD During Summer

SAD is very common during the winter. But for the 5 percent of American adults, SAD can strike during the summer season.

There are several reasons why people experience summer depression:

  • The heat
    Some people dislike the heat and humidity associated with the season. So, they end up spending most days in their air-conditioned room, watching TV all day, and missing out on several outdoor social events. Any of these can add to feelings of isolation.
  • Disrupted schedules
    Routine is vital for people with depression. It’s one way to stave off their symptoms. However, during summer this routine can easily get out of the window and that can be extremely stressful. It can disrupt sleep, eating habits, and work – all of which can contribute to summer SAD.
  • Financial worries
    Summer is often associated with vacations and camps. If you’re a parent, setting aside money for these things can be a cause of great stress.
  • Body image issues
    Some people’s case of summer SAD has something to do with body image issues. With gatherings centered around beaches and pools, those who feel conscious about their bodies may end up avoiding social situations to keep themselves from feeling embarrassed.

What can you do if you have summer SAD?

There are several ways to cope with summer depression:

  • Get professional help
    In many cases, talking to a therapist can help. Don’t wait until things get worse before you seek help.
  • Find ways to stay active
    Keeping up with your exercise can help keep depression at bay. If you are uncomfortable doing it in the morning because of the heat, then try doing it at night.
  • Don’t beat yourself up
    A common reason why some people feel depressed during summer is that they feel they have to feel a certain way or do certain things this season. Stop feeling how you feel in comparison to others. 

If doing these things doesn’t help your summer SAD, know that there is an alternative to it. NeurOasis offers a noninvasive way to manage depression and anxiety disorders. Call us at (520) 338-2557 to find out more about it.

 

References:

https://www.webmd.com/depression/summer-depression#1

https://www.healthline.com/health/summer-SAD-is-all-too-real