The sun is shining, it's a beautiful summer and the streets are full of people with lots of friends, things to do and happy looking! Are they though?
A lot of people struggle in the summer with depression and anxiety. There are a lot of reasons for this like; high expectations, not pretty enough, body conscious, lack of sleep due to heat and/or light, different schedule and routines.
All these things can be discombobulating and disrupt everyday life.
There are lots of things you can do to help prevent summer depression and be able to actually enjoy this beautiful time of the year:
Know yourself and recognise the symptoms.
Find someone to talk to about your emotions and take your feelings of sadness seriously. Keep fit Exercise, drinking enough water and stay in the shade and cool places when possible.
If the bedroom is to light, hang blackout curtains. Also use a fan to cool the room.
Be realistic about your schedule. What are your priorities and what can wait?
Be kind to yourself, do what you feel comfortable with. It's OK to say no if that is what is right.
We are lucky to have all the seasons in the UK so get out there and enjoy the summer! This too will pass too soon.