Understanding and Dealing with Depression During Summer

Depression can put a great damper on summer fun, but understanding what triggers your symptoms during this time may help you keep them at bay.

Understanding and Dealing with Depression During Summer

By Depression Connect StaffA Published at July 3 Views 4,424

Seasonal affective disorder is most associated with winter, and many people experience signs of depression then due to decreased sunlight. However, those suffering from clinical depression don't get a break from their condition when the weather starts getting warmer. Depression symptoms can put a great damper on a season during which people are generally expected to be active and happy. Knowing what triggers your depression during summer is essential to helping prevent symptoms from flaring up. Some of the most common causes include:

Body Image Woes

As people start shedding their clothes in the hot season, many begin to feel insecure about their bodies. Some may feel awkward in their bathing suits, while others avoid social situations altogether and find it a great source of distress, which can provoke your symptoms of depression. A simple solution is to eat better and work out. But don't wait until summer starts. Practice good nutrition and exercise year round so that you feel vibrant and healthy when the time comes to trade your sweater for a tank top. Those with severe body image issues may want to seek help from a mental health professional.

Change of Schedule

One of the keys to coping with depression is keeping a steady schedule with a healthy balance of work and play. In summer, that routine often becomes disrupted, and interruptions in your eating, sleeping, work and social habits can prompt symptoms of depression to arise. To avoid this issue, take time before summer sets in every year to plan out the next few months. Keep a daily planner and set aside time for special projects, family events and other important activities. Make sure to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, and try to include something fun to look forward to, like a big vacation or devoting an hour each Sunday to treating yourself to lunch at your favorite restaurant.

Financial Worries

Vacations, parties and other celebrations common during summer can be expensive, and financial anxiety may spark your depression. Provide yourself with a safety net by opening a savings account. It will provide you with a source of relief when you begin to worry over your bank account balance, and learning to handle your money responsibly can give you a great sense of achievement.

Summertime Seasonal affective disorder

About 10 percent of people - particularly those who live close to the equator - experience SAD during the warmer months. The exact reason is still a mystery, but some believe it's due to the humidity and heat. It goes hand-in-hand with clinical depression, and those who suffer from SAD tend to have a major depressive disorder. The effects of summertime SAD can be exacerbated by the tendency to isolate yourself in your air-conditioned home. In this circumstance - and any in which you feel your depression is enhanced - you should talk to your doctor or mental health professional about your condition to come up with a plan to find relief from life-affecting symptoms.

To learn more about living with depression:

Eating For Happiness
"Breathing the Blues:" Air Pollution Linked to Depression
Anxiety & Depression: How They Connect

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