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Summertime Sadness isn't just a Lana Del Rey song -- many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the summer. Most people think of SAD as a problem during the winter, but the lack of structure in your day during summer, as well as hot weather and uncertainty about the upcoming school year can cause feelings of depression and anxiety.
Here are some tips from Silver Hill Hospital for battling the summertime blues:
Get more exercise
Making the time to exercise more during the summer can not only help distract someone from anxious thoughts, but it can also boost self confidence and overall health. Feeling good about oneself can help to combat thoughts of anxiety and self doubt. If someone is having anxiety about events or struggles in their life, exercise can serve as a helpful distraction.
For people who are affected by anxiety, too many thoughts can be suffocating. During meditation, people can channel these thoughts in a peaceful environment, rather than a hectic one. Taking time out of the day to sit, relax and reflex can be extremely therapeutic for those affected by anxiety disorders.
Clean out your closet. Really
The months of May and June can be frantic, when teens and college kids are doing final school assignments and the transition to summer still leaves them with a suitcase full of winter and spring clothes. Cleaning out your closet can be symbolic and helpful to more than just your organizational skills, but to your psyche! Try cleaning out your closet to see what fits and what doesn’t. Put away your winter clothes and don’t worry about them. Make space for new clothes. Maybe you grew taller and need new jeans or maybe you want to go with brighter colors for a change. Do this for you and try it out. Decluttering is a Zen behavior that can declutter more than your closet. Marie Kondo it!
As the sun shines a little longer in the day teens and college students abandon their sleep schedules for late nights and restless days. A lack of sleep can cause one with an anxiety disorder to have trouble staying asleep and can also escalate symptoms of anxiety. That is why it is best to stick to a structured sleeping pattern so that one is not totally abandoning their school sleep schedule.
Create fun projects for yourself
The best project you’ll ever work on is you. Sometimes we get caught up going on family vacations and planning for other festivities that we forget to do something for ourselves. Maybe it’s time to pick up a hobby for the summer. Do something that you can go back to later. Here are some examples:
- Taking on another language
- Taking up a new sport or physical activity
- Reading an interesting book
- Learning how to cook (this will come in handy for you when you graduate)
- Learning a new instrument
Do activities that are in the cold
You’re probably wondering how that can even be possible in the summertime as it’s hot and sticky out. However, people who have anxiety disorders can easily be agitated in the heat and or sun. The hot summer days that can cause someone to experience anxiety-inducing situations. Try looking for places to cool off and stay away from the heat.
Want to read more? You can see the full article here: https://silverhillhospital.org/community/blog-post/how-to-beat-anxiety-in-the-summertime/