Summertime Anxiety?

Summertime Anxiety?

Alan Jackson had a catchy song about "Summertime Blues", to which he claimed "there ain't no cure". Depression and anxiety are not uncommon during the summer. 

Summertime anxiety refers to feelings of anxiety or distress that are specifically triggered or heightened during the summer months. While summer is often associated with relaxation, vacation, and outdoor activities, some individuals may experience increased anxiety during this time for various reasons. Here are a few possible factors that can contribute to summertime anxiety:

1. Social pressures: Summertime often brings social expectations and pressure to participate in activities such as parties, gatherings, or vacations. For individuals who struggle with social anxiety or have difficulty saying no, these expectations can lead to increased anxiety.

2. Body image concerns: The warm weather and more revealing clothing can amplify body image concerns, especially for individuals who feel self-conscious about their appearance. The pressure to have a "bikini body" or look a certain way can lead to anxiety and self-esteem issues.

3. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): While SAD is commonly associated with winter months, some individuals may experience a reverse pattern of seasonal depression, known as summer-onset SAD. The longer days and increased exposure to sunlight can disrupt sleep patterns and affect mood, leading to anxiety symptoms.

4. Fear of missing out (FOMO): Summertime often involves a plethora of events, festivals, and vacations. People may feel anxious about missing out on experiences or being left out of social activities, leading to FOMO-induced anxiety.

5. Changes in routine: With school breaks and vacations, summer can disrupt regular routines and create a sense of uncertainty. This change in structure and increased downtime can trigger anxiety for individuals who thrive on predictability and structure.

If you're experiencing summertime anxiety, here are a few strategies that may help:

1. Practice self-care: Engage in activities that help you relax and reduce stress. This may include exercise, meditation, journaling, or spending time in nature.

2. Set boundaries: Don't feel pressured to attend every social event or take on more than you can handle. It's okay to prioritize your mental health and say no when necessary.

3. Challenge negative thoughts: If body image concerns or FOMO triggers your anxiety, challenge negative thoughts and focus on self-acceptance and gratitude for what you have.

4. Seek support: Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional about your anxiety. They can provide support, guidance, or additional coping strategies.

5. Maintain a routine: Establishing a consistent routine during the summer can help create a sense of stability and reduce anxiety. Set goals, plan activities, and allocate time for self-care.

Remember, if your anxiety becomes overwhelming or significantly impacts your daily life, it's important to seek professional help from a mental health provider who can provide personalized guidance and support. At lifesong Health, we can provide support (often in tandem with your regular counselor) and hoslistic supplements or medicaiton management when needed to help support your positive coping skills for anxiety. 

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