Ways to Boost Your Mood During Summer (+ Help with Reverse SAD)

Out of the four seasons, Summer is my least favourite. It’s hot, sweaty and can be very uncomfortable to sleep. I also burn very easily (even in overcast English weather) which doesn’t help my ill feelings towards the Summer season either! And I’m not the only one; an estimated 10% of people in the UK experience depressive episodes in the Summer months. Commonly referred to as “Summertime Sadness” or the clinical name ‘Reverse SAD’. Photo by Alexander Shustov on Unsplash. But why do some people experience low moods this time of year? Aren’t the bright sunny days supposed to brighten […]

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Coping with the Winter Blues (SAD) *

AD| With the days getting shorter and the long nights slowly drawing in, it’s common for some people to experience low mood this time of year, often known as the Winter Blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is thought to be fairly common during the Autumn and Winter months, although I personally experience lower moods during the Summer; (typically known as “Summertime sadness” or reverse SAD). These low moods often stem from reduced exposure to sunlight, low levels of serotonin, high levels of melatonin, or disruptions to your body clock. Like all mental illnesses there isn’t a ‘one size […]

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