The days are filled with sunshine, everyone is outside playing and mingling, scents of watermelon and funnel cake linger in the air—and yet you’re sad. Summer is a happy time for most people, but it can be a difficult time as well. Sadness and challenges can be with you no matter what season, and summer has its particular set of difficulties. But, you can beat the summertime sadness with the help of these suggestions.
Beating the Exhaustion
Your kids are on their summer break from school and you have to find ways to entertain them all day. As much as you love to watch them run and play, it may leave you feeling exhausted both physically and mentally. It’s important especially in this season, as in all seasons, to make time for you. Allow yourself opportunities to take part in your favorite activities that lend to a peaceful atmosphere such as yoga, walking with friends, or even taking a nice bubble bath. Rather than feeling guilty for setting aside this time for yourself, recognize that recharging your own batteries will allow you to give your best time and efforts to those tasks and people who are most important in your life.
Sleeping the Sad Away
One of the great things about the summer months is that daytime hours are longer, giving you more time each day to work and play. Unfortunately, these longer days also mean shorter nights, which oftentimes result in you getting less sleep during the summertime. Not getting enough sleep can cause the body to release increased amounts of the stress hormone cortisol. Keep your cortisol in check by striving to get a full 7-8 hours of sleep each night, no matter how strongly the sun may be calling your name. If necessary, invest in some heavy curtains or an eye mask to create a nighttime atmosphere.
There may come a point where you feel as though you are constantly living in a mental fog, so to speak. You can’t think clearly and your hobbies don’t interest you anymore. You withdraw from your friends and family and feel hopeless and even angry. Depression is a real issue and can affect you in any season. Depression can be due to a lot of different factors: stress, a traumatic event, your genetics, or even unbalanced hormone levels. More and more studies are showing that depression can be due to a hormone deficiency. Check out this article to learn more. A doctor can test you for hormone and chemical imbalances and get you on the right track with treatment. With the right blend of diet, lifestyle choices, and medical treatment, your depression will diminish and you will start feeling like yourself again.
Making Fun Inexpensive
Summertime is vacation season for many people. Your friends might be going on exotic expeditions through the jungle, on fancy cruises to the Caribbean, or on a backpacking trip through Europe. You may feel left out if you can’t afford to go anywhere this year. But, you can still get a big bang for your buck doing simple things as a family. For example, you could go to the movies to escape the heat or have a family game night in your backyard. You could even take a day trip to a local place you’ve never been like hiking in the mountains. All you have to pay for on a day trip like this is gas and snacks. You can still have fun this summer without shelling out large amounts of money on expensive plane tickets.
Dealing with Body Image
Summertime, also known as swimsuit season, can be hard for those who struggle with body image. You may feel uncomfortable and self-conscious at the beach and the pool and may want to avoid those places altogether. In order to build yourself up and create a positive body image, keep a list of the top 10 things you like about yourself and repeat them anytime a negative thought comes to mind. Also surround yourself with positive people like family and friends who love you unconditionally and make you feel like a million bucks. In your moments of weakness, find gratitude for the functions your body performs and appreciate all that your body does for you. Using these helpful tips, you should find yourself feeling confident in your own skin.
Some summertime difficulties may seem hard to overcome. You may be overwhelmed physically, emotionally, and mentally. You may have depression, even in the midst of a schedule full of pool parties and summer night barbecues. It is possible to beat these summer blues by making time yourself, getting enough sleep, understanding the physical causes, doing fun activities with your family and loving your body. No matter how difficult things may seem at times, you can triumph over summertime sadness.
About the Author: Victoria Candland