At one point, she folded her hands on the table, looked intently into my eyes, and said, “It’s a hard time of year.”
I started laughing … because we say that about every season. Autumn seems to bring anxiety with all of its change. Winter’s short days are difficult for those of us who need lots of sunlight. And Spring actually has the highest suicide rates of any other season.
But, yes, summer is a hard time of year, especially if you need structured days, or like the house to yourself, or can’t stand the heat. In fact, 10 percent of those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer symptoms at the brightest time of the year. Because my two biggest breakdowns have happened in the summer, I know that I have to be proactive about having sanity boosters in place, ideally before school lets out. Here are a few of them.