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Summer, Social Media, and the Importance of Rest

The summer months can worsen mental illness in teens and young adults, and social media certainly doesn't help matters. Learn more at HealthyPlace.com.

Do you know about the interaction between summer and social and the importance of rest? You’re not alone.

The Problems with Summer, Social Media, and Getting Your Rest

Summer and Seasonal Affective Disorder

The seasons’ influence on mental health is well-documented. In fact, it’s more prevalent than you might think – up to 20% of Americans experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD).1 People with SAD suffer from depression during the winter months or sometimes the summer months despite having relatively good or stable mental health throughout the rest of the year.

It’s easy to see why this happens. After all, we’re under a lot of pressure to make the most of our summer. We’re also expected to get in shape before June rolls around so we can flaunt our summer bodies. That added pressure can increase our stress levels, decrease our self-confidence, and make us even more uncomfortable with our bodies.

If summer and winter can affect the mental health of people who aren’t diagnosed with mental illness, imagine how it affects those who are.

Social Media Complicates Summer

Social media only complicates things, especially for teens who have grown up with smartphones in their hands. Growing up is hard enough without the extra pressures social media imposes – and many teens today have faced those pressures all their lives.

The Importance of Rest in the Summer

What can you do to keep the summer blues at bay? Watch the video to find out. I’ll explain why teaching yourself to rest is important for both your current and future mental health.

This summer, I challenge you to be selfish. Focus on yourself, your mental wellbeing, and doing what makes you happy. That’s easier said than done, I know. But take time this summer off social media and to rest.

Just remember, soon, you won’t have entire summers to dedicate to yourself anymore. The earlier you teach yourself to rest, the better your mental health will be in the future.

How do the summer months affect your mental health? Let me know in the comments.

Sources

1 11 Signs You Suffer From Summer Depression

Author: Mel Lee-Smith

Mel Lee-Smith is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor fuelled by a lifelong passion for language (and coffee). She writes because she wants to make a difference. Connect with her on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, Medium or Google+.

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