Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Depression

Summer had been my favorite season for as long as I could remember. The primary reason was that it was the only time that my parents allowed me to go to the park. Whenever I would request for that during fall or winter, they would say it’s too cold. Spring was out of the question, considering there were many flowers there, and I was quite allergic to pollens.

As I grew older, I found another reason to love summer – the school break. Even when I was only in elementary school, I went to class with some of the world’s most academically competitive kids. It would be shameful to see myself at the bottom of the class, so I would always study hard and compete with them even if I did not want to. I only managed to throw my books away whenever summer came. 

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When I was ten years old, my folks joined a newly founded local organization to preserve the lakes throughout the state. I thought it was a joke initially because I never heard of such a thing before, but my parents brought me to the first-ever event, and I fell in love with the organization instantly. 

Since then, my family and I would visit as many lakes as possible around the state with other volunteers every summer. We would set up camp there for three days – that’s how long it would take us to clean the surroundings and the bodies of water thoroughly. Of course, we would also use that opportunity to go fishing, swimming, and bonding with each other.

When Summer Lost All Its Fun 

Although summer brought me so much joy at a young age, it did not manage to do the same for me when I became an adult, when I started working as a sales executive and did not get to go out as much as I did before. 

Once I got the job during wintertime, my mother already said, “Aww, you would be busy from now on. We would miss you at our lake-hopping sessions in the summer.” However, I was still pretty enthusiastic as I replied that I would do well at my job in the next few months to ask for at least a week off during summer. 

That week off never came, though. The most extended leave of absence I could take was two days, and they were not even during summertime when it was a peak season for the company. My parents started to joke that I was getting as pale as a vampire because I had not been getting much sunlight, but I only took their words to heart when I realized that I no longer felt excited about summer. If anything, it made me feel blue.

Can you have SAD in the summer?

 Yes, you can have SAD even during summer. It is quite common for people who seem to like cold seasons more.

What is summer sadness?

 Summer sadness is a symptom of a seasonal affective disorder that people experience when they get too much sun.

How do you deal with a seasonal affective disorder?

 Assuming you have seasonal affective disorder during wintertime, you should do the following:

  • Stay outdoors as much as possible. Something as simple as walking in the neighborhood or blowing the snow off the property will do you good.
  • Brighten up your home. Open your blinds or change your curtains into light colors so that your environment won’t seem gloomy and depress you further.
  • Try various physical activities. The more you work up a sweat, the more toxins will be released from your body, thus decreasing your depressive symptoms.
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Can depression make you confused?

 Yes, depression can make a person confused at times. The reason is that this mental disorder tends to alter brain function and induce short-term memory loss.

What are the five signs of mental illness?

  • You have an erratic sleeping pattern.
  • You do not want to see or talk to anyone.
  • Your mood fluctuates all the time.
  • You feel irritated or sad for hours or days.
  • You overthink and get paranoid.

What are the signs of a mental breakdown?

  • Depression
  • Unable to sleep
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Emotional highs and lows
  • Extreme anxiety and paranoia
  • Traumatic flashbacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Social avoidance
  • Poor eating and sleeping patterns
  • Poor work performance
  • Isolation

What are the first signs of going crazy?

  • You always feel sad.
  • Everything irritates you.
  • You seem confused all the time.
  • You are easily distracted.
  • Your mood swings often.
  • You avoid your loved ones.
  • Your energy never seems to go up.
  • Your empathy goes down.
  • You consider or start abusing substances.
  • You embrace suicidal thoughts.

What is a psychotic break?

 A psychotic break refers to when a person deals with psychosis symptoms, such as paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations.

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What is an emotional meltdown?

 An emotional meltdown is a period in which an individual experiences extreme emotional distress. It can be so severe that they cannot function normally.

What a meltdown feels like?

 A meltdown feels like you are losing control over your surroundings, to the extent that you withdraw from the rest of the world or do involuntary movements to cope with the situation.

Are meltdowns normal?

 Meltdowns are normal for young kids, yes. That is especially true if various trigger factors affect them continuously.

What is a meltdown for adults?

 A meltdown for adults refers to an outburst of emotion as they experience stress, anxiety, anger, and depression at once.

What is the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum?

 Meltdowns happen when you feel overwhelmed, while tantrums occur when you get frustrated for not getting what you want.

What causes meltdowns in adults?

 Unpleasant situations tend to cause meltdowns in adults most of the time, especially when they feel stressed and do not seem to get things right. Autism can also cause breakdowns.

What is an Asperger’s meltdown in adults?

An Asperger’s meltdown is the same for kids and adults. It is often caused by various triggers that make the person feel like they are not in control of their environment. As a result, they may behave erratically or close in on themselves.

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Final Thoughts

I talked to a mental health professional about my symptoms, and I was surprised to hear that seasonal affective disorder was more common than I assumed. I asked about any medication I could take to resolve it, but she said that there’s no better remedy than being under the sun, so I filed for sick leave and visited as many lakes as possible. In less than a week, I started to feel like my old bubbly self again.

Family Vacation By The Beach, And More

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Being stuck at home for as long as we have, I bet you too have been fantasizing about that perfect vacation with your family. So many beautiful places to go to, but where is the perfect spot, you may ask? Well, I have a few places in mind that may tickle your heart.

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Why Being Near Bodies Of Water Makes Us Happier

There is a reason why travel advertisements always use pictures of beaches. Indeed, it is almost impossible to resist an exquisite water view. Environmental and psychological do not miss the allure. With growing research on the subject, there is now scientific evidence that being near a “blue space” can be great for our mental health.

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What Is The “Blue Space”?

Blue spaces are natural aquatic places like lakes, rivers, beaches, or coastal waters. We feel so drawn to them because we want to rest or relax. When we go to the beach, we are not spending most of our time sunbathing or swimming. Instead, we enjoy activities as simple as walking along the shore.

Most of the explanation goes back to the basics: the effect of colors on our mood. Blue often induces feelings of calmness and serenity. Many people also favor it since it is a non-threatening color and a sign of stability and tranquility. Consistent with this, staring at the ocean or other bodies of water can change our brain waves’ frequency, putting us into a mild meditative state.

“Nature-based/experiential interventions produce increased treatment success more rapidly than traditional talk approaches. There is a relationship between humans who connect with and spend time in nature and increased environmental awareness or stewardship.” –Dr. Carlene Taylor, LMHC, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Many people, including poets, painters, or sailors, have all attested to feeling at peace when they’re near water. Now, even scientists are acknowledging the positive cognitive effects of water. It turns out that people living near coastlines have an improved sense of mental and physical well-being. Reportedly, blue spaces induce a meditative feeling which makes people feel happier, calmer, and even more creative.

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How Does This Happen?

The explanation for the effect of the so-called blue space is mostly psychology. BetterHelp psychologists argue that water serves as the antidote to a “red mind,” a state of anxiety caused by several factors. One of these is increasing urbanization and the advancement of technology. It turns out that being in front of the screen all the time has increased stress levels for humans dramatically. As Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist said, “We don’t always know causation in psychology — especially without being able to measure something for a long time — but there are a lot of correlational studies that are pointing to social media and digital phone use,”

Therefore, spending significant time around oceans, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, or even showers can counter this state of anxiety. Water is the source of life since it covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. Science shows that there is a deep connection triggered in our brains when we are near water. Even just the sight or sound of water can already induce chemicals in our brain. These chemicals promote wellness. Thanks to science, we can now connect the dots on why a feeling of relaxation washes over us when we are around water.

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Final Thoughts

When we buy houses or spend so much on traveling to water bodies, we are paying for the uplifting feeling they give. Considering the deep-seated connection between the mind and the water, community planners are now incorporating this in their plans. Who wouldn’t want to have a piece of relaxation in urbanized places, right?

“Research shows the biggest boost in happiness comes from planning the vacation.” Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP saID. So, the next time you plan a trip, be sure to soak in the view, smell the ocean air, and feel everything from the sun to the water. To maximize the peaceful effect, be more aware of your senses. If you can, take a moment to be with nature. Say goodbye to your phone for a few hours since it might distract you from exercising mindfulness. Who knows, you might go back from your trip as a whole new different person!

Rejuvenating Swims: Therapist Recommendations For Getting The Most Out Of Swimming

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Many people find swimming to be an excellent way to spend your time. Learning how to swim takes some time, and sometimes it can be challenging to find time for this leisure activity. However, swimming is an enjoyable way to relax and unwind, especially if you want to escape the everyday hustle of modern life. Some people even consider swimming as effective as a session with a therapist.

However, the benefits of swimming for mental health go beyond gut feelings. Swimming is scientifically proven to help people cope with stress. This activity also protects people from some mental health disorders, such as depression. Swimming is an unorthodox way to relieve anxiety, but it works. To understand why, as well as how to maximize the benefits of swimming, you must first know how stress works within the body.

What Stress Does To You

According to many BetterHelp licensed professionals, stress comes from the fight-or-flight response. This mechanism steps in when people are vulnerable to potential dangers, such as predators or other enemies. The fight-or-flight response allows people to detect threats more acutely and to react more quickly, increasing their survival rates.

The fight-or-flight response continues to exist even in the modern world, and it continues to serve limited roles for people. In general, this response makes people more stressed.

Stress raises heart rate and blood pressure. When prolonged, it can wear out the cardiovascular system, leading to a higher risk of heart failure and high blood pressure. Stress also impairs the immune system, making people more vulnerable to colds and other more severe illnesses. Finally, chronic stress led to lower career performance and decreased levels of happiness.

How Swimming Can Help

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Physical activity is one of the optimum ways to cope with stress. It helps reduce the adverse effects of stress by strengthening the cardiovascular system. Exercise also spurs the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that bring about positive moods. Improvements in mood directly combat the negative emotions resulting from stressors.

Swimming helps because it is an enjoyable way to incorporate physical activity while still being able to relax. Many swimming strokes use several large muscle groups, making it a very engaging activity.

Additionally, swimming is an excellent way to bond with other people. Positive social interactions are another way to combat stress. Social interactions are generally positive experiences for many people, resulting in the same release of endorphins that make physical activity enjoyable. Also, strengthening social bonds allows people to build secure social support systems that they can use as a source of advice and camaraderie.

Making Swimming Work For Your Mental Health

To get the most out of swimming, try to make it a regular activity. You can use it as a weekly respite from the hectic workweek. You can also go out for a swim near the end of each month as a reward for a productive and meaningful month. The point here is to have swimming as something to look forward to, motivating you to persevere through hard moments in expectation of a reward.

An ideal frequency seems to be one swim session every two to three weeks. According to a survey conducted for around three million British people, 43% of those who swam this frequently felt that swimming helps make them happier.

Another tip is to try to swim with loved ones. You can also try to be more sociable during your swim and to make new friends. Many swimming activities, such as synchronized swimming, inherently encourage people to bond with each other. Others, such as swimming races, give participants a chance to bond with like-minded people.

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In any case, all of these methods capitalize on the revitalizing effects of social interaction on mental health. In most cases, you’ll be able to find new friends and strengthen existing friendships. It adds benefits to your social and communication skills.

Finally, make sure that you can stick to your habits. The benefits of swimming become more apparent when you do the activity regularly. Sometimes, the motivation for swimming might not be enough to convince you to go for a swim, especially during particularly stressful or tiring days. In these cases, it helps to have other methods to talk yourself into swimming. Find time to schedule routines and follow them necessarily.

For example, you can sign up for swimming classes. These classes may have a significant cost, and it becomes harder to skip the event because you’ll feel like you’re wasting your money. You can also look for pools or other swimming places that are near your commute, to make it less of an inconvenience for you to commit to your swimming classes.

Knowing What’s Underneath: 10 Facts About The Hadal Zone

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The earth is made up of 70% water, and as per the National Ocean Service, we only discovered less than 5% of the ocean. What lies underneath remains a mystery as more people have been to the moon than those who have gone to the depths. Continue reading “Knowing What’s Underneath: 10 Facts About The Hadal Zone”

Keeping The Waters Universally Clean

The relationship between the ecosystem and the people are evident in the way the water system works. Clean, unpolluted water is the most crucial factor in building ecosystems worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Water is indeed a precious resource.

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