These days, when many hear Summertime Blues, they think of the old song with a catchy tune and lyrics that are easy to remember. But, unlike the song, there is a cure to the summertime blues, you just have to learn how to identify them.
It seems that summer seems to drag on; friends are all headed out doing fun things, the days are still long and hot. You’re getting tired of looking at vacation photos at all your friends’ gatherings, and if one more of your dresses winds up rumpled, you might just scream.
Yes, you have the blues, and it is possible to beat them. These tips might help.
- Don’t be bummed if things aren’t perfect. In fact, expect something unfortunate, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when things go well. When you expect the “best summer ever” every year, and it doesn’t happen, it can be enough to get people seriously down, so changing your outlook is the best bet.
- Calm yourself. It seems like there is no time to calm down and just relax during the summer, and that can begin to wear on all of us, and leave us feeling overwhelmed at least. Take time to simply relax, disconnect and get some down time.
- Take a vacation. Let’s face it, nobody likes to be the one left holding down the fort, so when it happens to you, it might feel like the only thing worth doing is sitting at your desk pouting. Don’t pout – just get away yourself. You’re entitled to the time just like everyone else, so get out there and do it.
- Get more sleep. Sleeping schedules can get seriously messed up, so if you’re struggling to get your circadian clock reset, try to maintain a normal sleep schedule, even if you have to block out the light.
- Find the right clothes for your body. Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try, we can’t all wear those adorable short shorts and tiny little top, but we all can look fantastic, no matter what we wear. Choose clothes that are flattering for your body type – and no, it’s not a turtleneck.
- Stop being afraid of outside. Some people don’t like going outside while others are truly afraid of the great outdoors, but there aren’t actually that many people that wind up getting Lyme disease or west Nile virus, and when you use bug spray, you’re likely even less at risk. Bug bites heal, but missing out on fun while everyone you know is having a terrific time can be terribly depressing.
The bottom line is that yes; it is possible to become depressed or unhappy during the summer months, but, like fall, winter and spring, the change of seasons is coming soon. So, take these steps and enjoy the rest of the warm summer months before it’s time to layer up and live the schedule again.