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Mental Health And The Impact Of Summer

Summers Impact on Your Mental Health

How Can Summer Impact Your Mental Health?

Summer can have a significant impact on mental health, both positively and negatively.

Here are some ways in which summer can affect mental well-being:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Although SAD is commonly associated with the winter months, some individuals experience a form of it called “reverse SAD” during the summer. This condition can result in symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. For more information on SAD:
  • Increased Social Interaction: Summer often brings opportunities for socializing, attending events, and going on vacations. While this can be enjoyable for many, it can also lead to feelings of social pressure, comparison, or FOMO (fear of missing out) for others. It’s essential to strike a balance and engage in social activities that feel comfortable and fulfilling to you.
  • Body Image Concerns: The summer season is associated with wearing lighter clothing and spending more time outdoors. This can sometimes trigger body image concerns or feelings of self-consciousness. Remember that everyone’s body is unique, and focusing on self-acceptance and self-care is more important than striving for an idealized appearance.
  • Changes in Routine: Summer often means a break from school or work routines. While this break can provide relaxation and a chance to recharge, it can also disrupt the structure and stability that some individuals rely on for their mental well-being. Creating a new routine or finding alternative ways to maintain structure during the summer can be helpful.
  • Heat-related Stress: High temperatures and heatwaves during summer can cause physical discomfort and increase stress levels. Heat exhaustion, dehydration, and sleep disturbances can all impact mental health. It’s crucial to stay hydrated, seek shade or air conditioning when needed, and take breaks to rest and cool down.

To maintain good mental health during the summer:

  • Prioritize Self-Care: Engage in activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and fulfillment. This may include spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness or meditation, exercising, or pursuing hobbies. Specific Self-Care recommendations:
  • Set Boundaries: It’s okay to say no to social engagements or activities that feel overwhelming. Prioritize your own well-being and only participate in activities that genuinely align with your interests and energy levels.
  • Seek Support: If you find your mental health being affected during the summer, reach out to friends, family, or mental health professionals for support. Sharing your feelings and seeking guidance can make a significant difference.
  • Practice Healthy Habits: Maintain a balanced diet, prioritize regular exercise, get enough sleep, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption or substance use. These habits can positively impact your mental health throughout the summer.


Remember that everyone’s experience with summer and mental health is unique. It’s essential to listen to your own needs, seek help when necessary, and engage in activities that promote your well-being.

Additional Resources: is a St. Louis mental health therapy practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The practice has a team of mental health therapists who provide therapy and counseling services to kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. Pearlman & Associates specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other mental health related issues and concerns. The practice can be reached by phone at: 314-942-1147, by email at: or on the web at: The office is located at: 655 Craig Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141.