How to Deal with Still Feeling Sad in Warmer Weather
We have talked in length about seasonal affective disorder before, and how the winter can be a hard time for a lot of us. The cold weather, the comedown from the holidays, and many other factors can cause us to fall into a funk. For a lot of us who struggle with this issue, we will often look to the spring as our “end goal”. We look at the time when the season changes, when the weather warms up and the sun comes out, as a time when we can find more joy. For a lot of us, this is the time of year when we will rise out of a depressive episode and feel happier. But, it is important to note that this may not always be the case with everyone, and in fact, spring can still be difficult for some people, with suicide rates being high in the springtime.
For a lot of people, seasonal affective disorder can still apply to spring. The warm weather and sunny days won’t always help us get out of our ruts. We can still feel the effects of depression and feel like we are stuck in it. When we see other people around us being happier, we are at times reminded of the fact that we still may not feel okay, which makes it harder. We compare ourselves to other people and as a result, feel like we are not doing as well as them. This can cause a feeling of depression to spiral even further out of control. In relation to this, spring can be when many people go out on vacations or trips that we are not able to go on, thus leading to comparisons again and feelings around lacking what they have. Social media can influence all of these things as it is constantly presenting us with ways to compare ourselves to others. Our constant desire to hold ourselves up to these standards we are setting for ourselves can play a huge part in how we feel. We have to remember to take a step back, and maybe even take a break from social media completely.
Everyone is different, and we should never feel shame in living a life different from the people around us. This includes accepting ourselves if we are not okay when others might be. If you are struggling with depression during the spring, and are worried because you expected the change in season to help you, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional for help. Keep a journal of your daily emotions, as it can be harder than you think to remember how you feel every single day. Speak up in your recovery program and don’t be afraid to talk about what you are going through. We are here to listen and support you, no matter what. You will not be judged for having a harder time than others. You are loved and accepted.
Studies do show that suicide rates increase in the spring, which is surprising to hear given how it would be assumed that winter would result in an increase. The biggest reason for this is that the warmer weather and a greater amount of sunlight motivates people. This is true for everyone, but for someone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, this can lead to them to have the motivation to act on it. We encourage you to remember that you are loved, you are enough, and you have the support right here if you need it. Suicide is never the answer and there will be no judgment for those who reach out and are struggling. Many of us have been there, and we assure you that you will get through it.
Depression can affect us at any time of the year. It can hit us in the winter, or it could come as we begin to warm up. What is important is to always seek help when we need it. Don’t compare yourselves to others or feel like you are failing for still being afflicted with depression during the spring. You are valid in feeling depression at any time of year and are deserving of help and support. Don’t let yourself fall to the wayside, especially if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Reach out and always speak up; you are worthy of being heard and we promise we will listen to you. Speak out, and speak often, of what you are feeling and always know that you have a safe place here with us. We are here to support you and give you the love that you deserve.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]