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Summer Blues: Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder In The Heat

Ways to Thrive During the Challenges of Summer

As the sun rises higher in the sky, many people look forward to the fun things that summer has to offer, like trips to the beach, parties, and other outdoor activities. But for some people, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a less welcome guest that comes with summer. Even though SAD is most often seen in the winter, it can also happen in the summer, which can be hard for people who have it.

Seasonal Affective Disorder- also known as summer depression or reverse SAD, is a type of major depressed disorder marked by depressive episodes that happen every year around the same time. Most people with SAD have symptoms in the winter, but some people with SAD have symptoms in the summer as well.

The more sunlight in the summer is one of the main causes of summer SAD. Longer days and higher temperatures can make it harder to sleep, make worry worse, and make you feel antsy and restless. Additionally, the social expectations that come with summer events can make depressed people feel even more alone and inadequate.

Managing summer SAD requires a complex approach that takes into account both mental and physical factors.

Mindful Exposure to Sunlight:

You can't completely avoid the sun, but you should be aware of how much you're exposed to it. Aim for short amounts of time in the sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it's not as strong. To keep from getting sunburned, wear sunscreen and clothes that cover you.

Maintain a Regular Routine:

Having a regular routine can help you feel stable and in charge, which is especially important for people who are depressed. Set regular times to wake up and go to bed, eat, and exercise, and put things that make you happy and satisfied at the top of your list.

Stay Cool:

Stay cool inside during the summer to beat the heat. Use fans or air cooling, or look for places with air conditioning, like shopping malls or libraries. If you want to do something hard outside during the hottest parts of the day, do it inside or in the shade instead.


Doing things for yourself can help ease the symptoms of sadness and make you feel better in general. Do things that help you relax and deal with stress, like yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature (during cooler times of the day).

Ask for Help:

Don't be afraid to ask friends, family, or mental health workers for help. People who are having a hard time with summer SAD can get helpful coping techniques and a sense of community by joining a support group or going to therapy.

Be honest about your expectations:

Let go of unrealistic standards and the need to fit in with what everyone else does during the summer. Pay attention to activities that fit your interests and amount of energy, even if they aren't typical summer activities.

Keep an eye on your symptoms:

During the summer, keep an eye on your mood and symptoms. You can better understand and control your situation if you can find its triggers and patterns. Don't be afraid to get professional help if your symptoms don't go away or get worse.

It can be hard to deal with summer SAD, but with the right help and strategies, you can feel better and enjoy the season to the best. People with seasonal affective disorder can beat the summer heat and do well even though it's hard by putting themselves first, getting help, and making smart choices.