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Understanding Summer Seasonal Depression: Coping Strategies and Support

While many people associate seasonal depression with winter, some individuals experience a form of depression known as summer seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the warmer months. At My New Days Counseling, we understand the challenges this condition presents and offer support tailored to your needs.



What is Summer Seasonal Depression? Summer SAD, contrary to its winter counterpart, occurs when the longer days and increased sunlight trigger depressive symptoms. For some individuals, the heat and humidity can also contribute to feelings of lethargy, irritability, and low mood during the summer months.


Symptoms of Summer SAD:

  1. Low Energy Levels: Difficulty in maintaining energy levels despite increased daylight.

  2. Changes in Appetite: Loss of appetite or increased cravings, leading to changes in weight.

  3. Insomnia or Oversleeping: Disturbances in sleep patterns that affect daily functioning.

  4. Mood Changes: Irritability, anxiety, or feelings of hopelessness.

  5. Social Withdrawal: Decreased interest in social activities and relationships.


Coping Strategies for Summer SAD:

  1. Maintain a Routine: Establishing a consistent daily schedule helps regulate sleep patterns and provides structure.

  2. Stay Cool: Beat the heat by staying indoors during peak sun hours and using fans or air conditioning.

  3. Seek Shade: Enjoy outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, which can exacerbate symptoms.

  5. Mindful Practices: Engage in mindfulness exercises, yoga, or meditation to reduce stress and promote relaxation.


Professional Support: If you're struggling with summer seasonal depression, seeking professional help can provide valuable support and guidance. Our team at My New Days Counseling offers compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. Contact us at (973) 314-2929 or visit mynewdays.org to learn more about how we can assist you.


Summer seasonal depression is a real and challenging condition, but with the right strategies and support, you can manage its symptoms effectively. At My New Days Counseling, we're here to support you on your journey towards mental well-being, regardless of the season. Together, we can navigate the challenges of summer SAD and help you find balance and resilience.


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