Whether you are part of this population or simply have a low mental-health day this season, I hope I can encourage you, help boost your mood and support a more smoothly transition in to the warmer weather.
Spring is a time for blooming and growth, the days are longer, with the sun out more and people feeling great in the parks with their dogs, but that shit can be annoying.
Even though many people look at spring as new beginnings, something positive, this can be a sharp contrast with a lot of people.
Everything waking up around you, feeling all jolly and sunny when you feel stuck in that whatever zone while the outside world is not matching your feelings inside. Is there something wrong with me if I don't feel upbeat and happy when everything else around me is indicating that I should be? Why do I feel like this?
Some people may experience disrupted sleep as it gets hotter and lighter - a big factor in depression - while others may grapple with body image difficulties. There's no one thing that causes springtime depression, but it goes to show that springtime depression should be taken seriously.
I think the focus should be less about suffocating forced feelings of happy happy joy joy and more about trying to uncover the reasons why you might be feeling this way, the root cause. I understand this isn't pretty or comfortable but it's important not to sweep any symptoms of depression under the carpet.
And this spring might be even more challenging.
During lockdown, we had a sense that everyone was having a tough time, and that if you were feeling low that was normal. As we emerge, there may be a perception that everyone else is having fun, which could be especially detrimental if you are still struggling.
Rest assured - you won't be the only one dealing with mental health challenges this spring. And if you're experiencing any of the telltale signs of depression or anxiety, it's important to recognize there's help available.
Warning signs to look out for:
Mood, changes in appetite, sleep issues, concentration, and energy problems, feelings like hopelessness and worthlessness or any combination of these are indications that something needs to be addressed. If you consistently feel this way please see a professional.
Sometimes getting out of a depressed state requires a little more than a walk in nature, checking your diet or a chat with a friend - sometimes you need a little more help from a professional and I would encourage anyone in this position to reach out for help as soon as possible. The sooner you get the right help, the faster your chances of making a speedy recovery.
Not every positive, happy person is out to get you. Those who aren't experiencing the same feelings as you, mean well by trying to "snap you out of it". They actually want to help but might lack understanding of those feelings that are inside you.
You can't will yourself out of everything and there shouldn’t be any stigma associated with taking care of yourself.
You don't have to fight all your battles alone even if it feels like you should be able to. There is absolutely nothing wrong in bettering yourself, seeking help and looking out for yourself; this too is an important piece in your wellbeing and selfcare.
And if not for you than maybe for those who you love.
Bottom line: If you think something may be wrong, seek help.
I believe in your potential, give yourself time and patience; incredible things can happen.