For Many, Summertime is SAD Time
Most people absolutely love summertime because it means soaking in the warm sunshine, relaxing, and letting go of the stresses that we have to deal with each and every day. However, there are some people who have a really hard time with the summer months and all that the season brings with it.
According to PR Newswire, the life coaching group, MeQuilbrium, looked at 30,000 people over a two-year period and what they found was pretty interesting. "Despite the many joys of summer, employees seem to be more vulnerable to life's challenges during this time of year."
Most people only associate Seasonal Affective Disorder with wintertime, but it happens in the summer months, too, and to a lot of people.
If you stop to think about it, the answer makes total sense. We have more contact with our family over the summertime with all of the get-togethers and we tend to stay up later in the summer months, and there's also the whole needing to keep our bodies in somewhat decent shape for bathing suit season. Each of those things leads to more stress than we deal with during winter.
MeQuilibrium says "Although employees may be out on vacation, thinking about what they are missing at work and the dread of coming back to full inboxes and piled up projects can bring on increased stress."
I completely understand and agree with the statement about coming back from vacation to mounds of work. I just returned from a weeklong vacation and the amount of stress in the days leading to my departure was virtually suffocating because I needed to tie up everything before leaving and then when I returned and opened my work email for the first time in a week, I was flooded with anxiety to see all of the things I needed to get to right away.
So yeah, this study makes absolute sense. I guess the good thing we can take from this is that we're all in the same boat, so if you were feeling like you were all alone on your summertime stress island, you're not!