I have this problem EVERY summer - much less so this year bc of all the rain we've gotten. It's nice to have it validated by this article. I've narrowed it down to one of 2 things: Something about the lighting or heat outside when the sun is up, or allergies. Though I have 25 allergies - meaning allergies 10 months of the year, I believe that the allergens brought on during summer that intensify towards the end of the summer is associated with my mood. Hard to tell if it is lighting and heat or allergens, but those have been my observations. Would be interesting to see if others with the same issue also have allergies.
"Well there ain't no cure for the Summertime Blues...." But seriously, I've been a little down this year, mostly due to some less than pleasant things happening in my life. I remember as a child/teen getting pretty bored by Aug 1, and ready for school to start again. Then as an adult, summer was a reminder that I'm NOT a kid anymore - no summertime breaks, and that's kind of a bummer. I don't know if that's SAD or normal, but it's something to think about.
I don't get the blues but summer is definitely my least favorite season. I live in a tourist town (San Diego) and though it's beautiful here (believe me, I'm not complaining), summer is really crowded. I also hate being hot and don't really like the beach. I can't wait for fall!
Thank you for this article. I actually just wrote in my journal yesterday about feeling so depressed this summer. Now that I look back I see it has been a bit of a pattern. I think a big part of it, at least for me, is the expectations that come with summer; similar to why people may get so depressed around the holidays. Summer is party and vacation time! We're all supposed to be having so much fun, getting away, taking a break from life. When you are not able to do that, it feels as if all of the world around you is living a life you are not. Add to that any changes in your daily routines you may need to make to accommodate school or work schedules and it can really through you off. I found making sure I am doing some "summer things" even if I can't take a nice vacation helps a bit. Making sure I am getting to the town pool to swim; taking a day trip to the beach to get my toes in the sand; eating breakfast, or doing some of my computer work, out on the deck can all make me feel I am experiencing at least a part of the season.
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