This time of year can be tricky. Change is in the air- Whatever shifts in the wind you might be facing, there are ways to mentally support yourself through them.
Scenario 1: Work (or school) is starting to feel overwhelming. Support Ideas: Make sure to balance your self care. Set a timeline of how you hope your day to day schedule might go. Make sure to check in with your therapist, support system & self.
Scenario 2: The weather is shifting. Changes in weather can affect our moods more than we know. The transition can lead to us staying indoors on rainy days. Allergies can also have a negative influence on mental health due to the lethargic and irritating side effects of inflammation.
Support Ideas: If the weather shifts start to affect your mood it might be hard to notice. Make time to journal or monitor your emotions week to week to see if you are feeling any weather related effects. Talk to your doctor if Vitamin D supplements or other forms of getting Vitamin D for the lack of sun are available. Also be consistent with your therapy sessions to navigate increases in depression or suicidal thoughts. According to Johns Hopkins, Suicide rates spike in the spring more than any other season of the year.
Scenario 3: We are coming up on the 3rd phase of the pandemic- which began in March 2020. Anniversaries of stressful or traumatic events can increase mental health symptoms. Examples are: feeling more on edge, sensitive to your surroundings, not understanding why you suddenly feel sad, and many other abrupt mood changes.
Support Ideas: Honor your feelings. Anniversaries can be hard. Talk with friends, family, and support people about your past experiences. A lot has happened during this pandemic and sometimes it can be hard to process that we are still navigating it.
While this is only a few examples of how the seasonal transition can become stressful- the main point to remember is that there are steps you can take to feel better.
When life gets rough, check in with your coping skills.
If you aren't sure what your coping skills are- maybe it is time to talk to a therapist. Finding personalized support skills, ideas, and ways to navigate your symptoms and triggers is an important part of supporting your mental wellness.
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