An opinion poll conducted by the (Innocence Center) revealed that 73% of participants have more symptoms of anxiety during the summer, and experts believe that there are various factors at play in this.
Some people find their mood typically worsens in the run-up to summer, while others may have concerns about a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases during hot weather.
In an article, the mental health website Very Well Mind identifies some of the reasons why anxiety may increase during class.
seasonal affective disorder
Most of us probably associate seasonal affective disorder with winter, which is actually more common during the later part of the year.
But seasonal affective disorder is defined as a type of depression related to changes in the seasons that some people experience in the spring or early summer, according to the US National Institute of Mental Health.
The site believes that the change in the atmosphere can cause some people to leave their comfort zones, in addition to the fact that the heat disturbs some in particular.
Psychiatrist Julian Lagoy reports that summer-onset seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is called summer depression.
The doctor identified his symptoms as difficulty sleeping, poor appetite, weight loss and anxiety, and added that many people tend in the summer to travel and participate in outdoor activities, and this change in circumstances can cause anxiety.
The rise of the sun’s rays is often celebrated for its mood-enhancing effect, but some people may become anxious when exposed to the sun a lot.
And the specialized website linked it to a scientific reason stating that too much sunlight stops the production of melatonin, the hormone that stimulates the body’s natural sleep cycle known as the circadian rhythm.
If someone has summer anxiety disorder, they may find it difficult to sleep as much as they need to, and higher temperatures may increase anxiety in people with summer social anxiety disorder.
The psychiatrist explains that climate anxiety is when someone feels stressed or worried about the consequences of climate change and its impact on the future of the planet.
Many parts of the world experience very hot weather during the summer, which is attributed to climate change and may make people feel more anxious about environmental issues than at other times of the year.
While there is a lot of evidence about climate change anxiety, there are few empirical studies to date, and thus there is a lack of evidence for any link between joint assessment and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Lagoy advises those concerned about climate change during the summer to take part in activities or make lifestyle changes that will make a difference.
The Corona epidemic has raised concern about summer activities, notes public health expert Carol Weiner, “Covid-19 is still with us and has not been widely reported due to home testing.”
She adds that while restrictions have been largely lifted and life is returning to normal for most people, the impact of the pandemic on mental health should not be underestimated.
The World Health Organization reported that the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25% in the first year of the epidemic, and the impact remains long-term.
Weiner says that ways to manage summer anxiety associated with COVID-19 include monitoring your sleep patterns, staying out of intense sunlight, and enhancing communication with family and friends.
Fear of losing
A study by the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom found that feelings of fear of missing out, or FOMO, can have a negative impact on both overall mood and overall life satisfaction.
These feelings are exacerbated by a growing awareness, via social media, of how friends and family (and people we don’t know but follow online) spend their time.
The psychiatrist believes that this type of anxiety increases during the summer due to social media, as many people share their travel and vacation adventures, eagerly documenting every moment on their social accounts.
Just engaging in social activities with other people will help reduce phobias during the summer months, says Lagoy.