We’ve all heard of winter depression or seasonal affective disorder. For some, it’s nothing more than feeling a little blue or struggling to stay cheerful in the worst weather, but for others, it’s a much more severe problem. Some people struggle to get out of bed for months and spend the whole season feeling off and unhappy. This can have a massively detrimental effect on their enjoyment and quality of life.
But, summer isn’t a breeze for everyone either.
While most people are out enjoying the warm weather and worshipping the sun, some people are indoors waiting for it to be over. They find it uncomfortable, and skin conditions can make it hard to be outside for too long in the heat. Even if you do like summer, and love nothing more than being outside enjoying the sunshine with your loved ones and feeling constantly hot and sticky, can lead to fatigue and mood swings. It’s not uncommon for people who say summer is their favorite time of the year to experience mood swings, irritability, tiredness, and afternoon slumps, especially as summer starts to drag on.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to avoid those summer mood swings:
Change Your Routine
Your usual routine might not work in the summer months. Traveling to work on a busy bus on a very hot day might be horrible. Could you leave earlier, before it’s too hot and walk? Could you start work earlier, so that you are able to come home earlier and get some rest? Are you able to work from home at least some of the time? Look at small changes that you could make to your usual routine to make summer a little more comfortable.
Keep to a Routine That Works
If you struggle with depression, you might find that changes to your routine, even if they keep you out of the sun, actually make your mood worse. In this case, sticking to a routine might be better.
Break Up Your Travels
Most of us look forward to the summer, but we tend to have weeks where it comes and goes. We’ll have two days of sun, followed by a week of rain, and then start to get agitated in our desperation for warm weather. But once summer’s finally here, it seems to last forever, stretching on and on. After weeks of hot weather, struggling to sleep, sunburnt skin, you might start to long for winter boots and chunky knits.
If you usually take one long summer holiday in the middle of the season, why not think about breaking it up a little more? Instead of one long break, take a few shorter trips with long weekends and city breaks, instead of just two weeks at the beach. These trips don’t have to be expensive, just a few days in a hotel close to home can be enough to get some rest and a change of scenery.
Change Your Workouts
Some people love running in the sunshine, but there’s no denying it’s hot and uncomfortable. If you enjoy working out outdoors, try to do it either early in the morning or late at night. Or, change your workouts so that you can do more indoors. Swimming can be exceptionally refreshing in warm weather, and gentle yoga routines could help you relax and get some much needed sleep.
Work on Your Confidence
One reason why we struggle with depression in the summer months is body image issues and low self-confidence. We worry about stripping down to a bikini on the beach or even getting our legs out in shorts or a shorter skirt.
Many of us go on a summer body diet, which is fine, as long as it’s healthy and it’s actually helping you. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to tone up or lose a few pounds. It could improve your health as well as your confidence. But, not if it becomes unhealthy. Diet and exercise sensibly and find other ways to work on your confidence. Surround yourself with positive people, focus on becoming stronger and healthier instead of weight loss, and take your time.
Take a Break
If you didn’t vacuum your bedrooms for a week or two, who would notice? Give yourself a break sometimes, and not just when you are on holiday. When you’re not at work, don’t force yourself to do chores if you don’t absolutely need to. Give yourself a break, chill out on the sofa, have a rest, and if you are struggling with your mood, it’s ok to let your standards slide for a little while.
If afternoon slumps are what you are having issues with, take a nap. Treat yourself to an afternoon snack, take a short rest and let yourself be tired if that’s what you need.
Find Ways to Keep Cool
If it’s just the heat that’s bothering you, find ways to keep yourself cool. Look at getting Air Conditioning Repair if you need it so that you can at least cool down when you get home. When home, sleep in loose cotton bedding and dress in breathable and loose-fitting clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated, avoid busy places, take your hat and sunglasses everywhere and go inside whenever you need a break. If you suffer from hay fever, take antihistamines, wash your face and hair before you go to bed and find other ways to reduce your symptoms.
Sometimes, we just need a little bit of extra guidance. You might have tried making changes to your routine and your diet, you might be eating healthy and getting more sleep, but still, you feel down and depressed. When this happens, it’s time to see your doctor to get some help.