When the summer comes to an end you might experience signs of August blues.
Maybe your routine was totally different during summer and now it's time to return to work and get back to “serious business”. After staying up late and enjoying holiday foods and little routine, getting back into the hustle and bustle of working life can feel difficult.
For families schedules tend to be chaotic during this time of the year: getting ready for school/college, re-starting hobbies and coordinating all these activities can be stressful.
And then, all of a sudden, it hits you that more than half of the year is already over (Didn't it just start?!). Combined with sudden changes of weather all of this can affect your physical and mental state.
Here are some things that you can do to get through the seasonal change without feeling out of whack.
1. Engage in activities you like
Now is not the time to isolate yourself or go hiding in a cocoon. Yes, we're living in the midst of a pandemic, but you can still go for walks, exercise, and plan fun activities outdoors (or indoors with appropriate safety measures).
Pick something that you enjoy and create a healthy routine while limiting alcohol and junk food. This strategy will help you to stay on top of your game mentally and physically.
2. Plan ahead
Look at the upcoming season as a time of new beginnings!
While dwelling in nostalgia can feel good for a moment, it can worsen the symptoms of August blues - especially if you´re only focusing on the things you have to let go.
If you notice that you´re focusing on the negatives, try to reframe the situation and look at the positives instead.
What are all the exciting things that you could do in the upcoming months? What things are typical for the autumn season that you can look forward to? (picking apples, hot chocolate, TV shows, bonfires, romantic candlelight dinners…)
What new habits can you implement in order to not fall back into old habits?
Are there friends and neighbors that you can reconnect with after your vacation?
By reframing the way you look at things you can change your outlook of things - and ultimately your mood.
3. Take the best of summer into fall
Just because summer is over it doesn't mean you can´t take some of the best parts into fall!
You can still enjoy a barbecue, eat ice cream and enjoy outdoor activities or go swimming. In Finland, many people go swimming all year round, even in winter! In fact, people who swim throughout the winter believe this is their secret to health.
And while evenings are getting darker and cooler, you can still spend plenty of time outside, organize a party in the garden or explore new places.
4. Take care of your body
Remember to take care of your body. In case you´re juggling too many things and feel overwhelmed, allow yourself to take breaks as well.
Here are our tips for self-care:
- Try journaling
- Write down 5 things you are grateful for every morning/before sleep
- Do some relaxing yoga or breathing exercises
- Get enough sleep
- Gift yourself a day in the spa
- Move at least 30 minutes per day
- Do a digital detox
The last point is important: Don´t get overwhelmed by social media. Your friends and family might be posting amazing holiday pics or images of picture-perfect meals.
Remember: For every “perfect” pic they post there are hundreds of less perfect moments that they don´t share with the public! If social media is stressing you out, leave the phone aside, and engage in real-life activities instead.
Remember: You´re not alone!
Many people experience end-of-summer blues - so you´re certainly not alone! The fact that there's a name for this phenomenon means it's quite common and there's no reason to feel guilty or ashamed about it.
And don´t forget:
“The tans will fade but the memories will last forever."