I knew it was coming.
Warning signs were present, hints were dropped.
Not shocked, though, we have this on again/off again type of relationship.
It’s so good in the beginning but then I notice things start to taper off right when I feel like I am losing myself in the most blissful way.
I guess this latest break up is to prepare me for what’s around the corner.
Friends, by the time you read this, it will be the day after the break up.
You see, SUMMER has decided to break up with me…yet again.
Summer, as in the season.
I know, I know, we still have a few weeks until summer is officially over, think it ends around September 22. But once families take that final summer trip, football training camps start and school starts back up, you already know what’s next.
Many people experience depression once the warm weather season ends. There is an actual clinical term that defines this depression as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Appropriate, huh?
According to Psychcentral.com, SAD usually starts around September or October when the weather turns cooler and ends in April or May when the weather starts to warm up again.
Just so you know, it happens more often to women than men (shocker!).
Don’t think that it just happens to adults either. Kidshealth.org tells parents to be mindful if their child starts to display:
- changes in mood
- low energy
- difficulty concentrating
You can help navigate your child through this disorder by encouraging them to get and stay active or by spending time with family and friends.
Be sure that you and your family are getting out there to enjoy life, regardless of the season.
Don’t forget what made your summer great. Chopra Centered Lifestyle recommends finding your new flow. I agree because as Daylight Savings Time begins, our days will get shorter, meaning less daylight in the evenings. This could mean finding different ways to get your exercise in or putting together a new meal plan. Remember, both of those could be impacted if you have a kid who is playing a sport or involved in other activities.
Hang on to your summer memories by remembering the fun stuff you did. My tween spent the entire month of June with her dad, first time ever. This allowed my Hubs and I to get out and do some fun, adult stuff, like going to a Train/The Fray/Matt Nathanson concert and spending an awesome weekend in Asheville, North Carolina.
When my daughter returned in July, we celebrated the 4th of July with our tradition of Bruster’s ice cream and fireworks. Pro soccer games, paddle boats, community fundraisers, we did a lot! Later that month, along with the College Kid, we traveled to Pensacola to visit my Hubs parents. Here’s how I am remembering everything we did:
In the past, I would get a mild case of the blues at the end of summer. My Hubs has really helped me to embrace both Fall and Winter. Along with the tween, we enjoy the changing colors of the leaves, corn mazes, dressing up for Halloween, football Sundays, Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football (yeah, you can tell there is a football fanatic that resides with us). And this year, I am leading my very own Girl Scouts Troop!
So, needless to say, our Fall and Winter seasons are gearing up to be busy but fun. In the long run, it matters that we live in the moment, make the best of what is.
I needed to end my affair with summer. To tell the truth, I’m kinda glad this summer affair is over. It can be exhausting trying to keep summer happy, with all those bucket list type of items. Now, I know how to have a healthy relationship with all of the seasons and not just lusting after summer.
Now, talk to me about your relationship with the seasons. What was your best summer memory?