Depression can happen at any time of year, even the carefree days of summer. Check out these 10 signs of summer depression and see if your mood is something to be concerned about:
10. You feel overly anxious -- Life can be crazier in the summer for some people with weddings, cookouts, sports and the task of trying to keep bored children occupied. Make sure to schedule in some quiet time if you find yourself feeling "over-amped."
9. Your sleep is screwed up -- Long summer days can mean getting up earlier and going to bed later, which can lead to sleep deprivation. Michael J. Breus tells Health.com your body releases more of the stress hormone corisol when you're sleep deprived, which can lead to depression.
8. You have no "me" time -- Summer can do a major number on any "me" time you may try to pencil in as schedules are shot and commitments pile up. Use some vacation days just for yourself, or share child care or chauffering responsibilities with other parents to get your daily workout in. It's preventive mental health care.
7. You're trying to be Superman at work -- Summer is the time of vacations, and you can find yourself super stressed if you're trying to fill in for co-workers at the lake for the week. Don't just pick up the slack, get out of the office yourself. Take your turn. Research shows people who take vacations are healthier, both physically and mentally.
6. You have Facebook envy -- Everyone thinks everyone else on Facebook has a better house, a better marriage, a better everything. And the same goes for a better summer. Take off those rose-colored glasses, experts say, and use Facebook to inspire you, not make you feel bad about yourself. Facebook is everyone's best version of themselves.
5. You're pinching pennies -- Money worries are always a possible trigger for depression, but those worries can be accentuated in the summertime with vacations, camp, child care, weddings and family reunions to pay for. Choose those that are really meaningful and skip the others.
4. You have the body-image blues -- If you're already uncomfortable with your body, warm weather and its skimpier fashions can send you running for cover and trigger depression in some. But instead of feeling bad about yourself, find summer clothes that flatter the best parts of your body and camouflage the parts you don't like.
3. You hate the outdoors -- Not everyone loves nature, and that means summer can be a real bummer for some. You either feel left out or go along with activities you don't like or are even afraid of. Try to plan your own events closer to home for some balance.
2. You're dreading the end of summer -- For some, summer rituals like unpacking the car after vacation or back-to-school shopping are a reminder of how fast their children are growing up or how fleeting life is. Instead, live in the present and focus on how good you feel in the moment.
1. You're 'in the dark' -- People can get seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, in the summertime too, especially if you're cooped up a lot because of the heat or if your summer is particularly rainy and gloomy. Open the blinds, get some light therapy and talk to your doctor about other ways you can combat SAD.
To read more about the signs of summer depression from Health.com, click here.
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