We’ve all listened to the song “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Ray, but who knew it was real? This year, more than ever, we’ve seen how the everlasting pandemic has turned our second summer in a row into one unlike any other. With the constant change, mental health has fluctuated leading to difficulties I haven’t seen before.
Recently, a friend came to me and opened up about her struggles this summer with depression, but I was confused. SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, is usually spoken about in the winter and rarely in the summer season. The truth is that SAD can occur in any season for numerous reasons. Here are some ways to help cope with summertime sadness and care for yourself.
Summer is often shown as a time to go out and have fun, but that isn’t easy for everyone. The long break and difficulties that come with it can easily trigger depression. This is the time to take care of yourself and learn more about what affects you.
SAD affects people in different ways and each person experiences it through their own process. Self care is vital as you go through your own SAD journey. Summer can be hard, but not impossible to deal with. Remember that you are doing the best you can and that is enough.
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