When you think of seasonal depression, most of us imagine the wintertime. It’s freezing outside with old, dirty snow and ice covering the ground, and you haven’t felt the warmth of the sun on your skin in what feels like ages.
While this applies to many people, there is actually another type of seasonal depression that only impacts a select group of people.
Following the same concept of not being able to comfortably leave your house for an extended period of time, leading to a depressive state, people that live in particularly hot climates can experience a summer seasonal depression.
Texas is one of the few states in the U.S. that experiences these extreme summers. With temps over 100 degrees on a daily basis, it can become unbearable to be outside for long. People end up sitting at home in the air conditioning, avoiding going outside, and waiting for fall to finally come so they can actually enjoy the outdoors.
If you or someone you know is struggling with seasonal depression in any form, it is important to reach out and make a point of incorporating things you enjoy into your daily life. Find a hobby that brings you joy and lets you stay comfortable in the AC, schedule times to meet with friends for food or coffee, and try to stay active. While these are not absolutely fool-proof methods, they can help to boost your mood and work to get you out of a seasonal depression.
If your depression gets so severe that you become a danger to yourself or you find it hard to complete daily tasks, please seek out the help of a professional.