Summer time blues.
Believe it or not, some people do actually get depressed in summer time.
While it is rare, and people mostly get depressed during the cold winter months known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), some people really struggle in the intense heat of summer time, and struggle with a condition known as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.
If you wish to read up more on this disorder, please click here for a full blog post on it:
Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder
I can slightly relate as to how miserable a person with reverse SAD must feel, because even though I don't suffer from it, I do not enjoy the heat and find summer time quite frustrating to try and deal with, especially at night time!
So here are my personal tips and summer time hacks to help those of you who also struggle during those heat wave months!
Suck on ice cubes. One suggestion for why people get depressed in summer is because of the longer days resulting in boredom. This is an awesome tip for people who tend to overeat when they get bored and is a great alternative to sugar laden chewing gum and unhealthy snacks. It keeps you distracted and cool at the same time! For a cool twist, squirt some freshly squeezed fruit juice or stick small pieces of fruit in the ice trays before freezing them!
Eat frozen corn and peas. To follow on from the previous tip, if you want a bit of flavour and to eat actual food, then a great way is to snack on a small bowl of frozen peas and corn. It's really delicious and you can munch away without worrying about extra calories!
Make anti stress ice cubes. There is just so much you can do with ice in the summer time to cool down and this is another awesome tip that I have tried. Instead of drinking a hot tea, make them into ice cubes. All I did was take my calming tea's such as chamomile and valerian root and prepare them as if I were making a cup of tea. Once they had cooled down, I pour them into ice trays. When they set, add them to your water for a calming iced tea!
Keep a small battery operated fan in your bag. I have one of these and they have seriously saved my life at times. When you out and about and have no access to somewhere cool, then these little fans become your new best friend!
Soak a face cloth or hand towel in cold lavender infused water. Drape this towel or cloth around your neck. or put it on your face. I was surprised that it stayed cool for as long as it did and you get a hint of lavender in the air as well.
Use a sleep mask. I really battle to sleep at night because of the heat and it doesn't help that it only gets dark at 10pm. To combat this, I use a sleep mask, but I use a lavender infused sleep mask, so not only does it create darkness for me, but the lavender scent eases my frustration and helps to make me sleepy. To see the mask I am referring to, click here: Zhu Zhu sleep mask
Vitamin D. One thing the summer time does offer us that is of great use is Vitamin D! Take full advantage of the sunshine in order to get your daily dose of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is very important for the absorption of calcium - an anti stress mineral. The best way to do this is to eat your breakfast or lunch outside and don't spend longer than 20 -30 minutes. Once you have gotten your daily dosage - get out the sun and go inside. I am quite sure I don't need to tell anyone that as important as the sun is for us, it is also highly damaging - so please use common sense!