How to escape summer depression

How to escape summer depression


Okay, folks, here we go again. We are almost halfway through summer break and halfway back to uni, and at that point, it is hard to tell what exactly arouses more terror in my heart. At the same time, for my beloved mosquito and sweat haters, here comes half-end to your suffering and fear. So, we are a bit out of track, but that does not matter; what matters is how not to follow the “Girls in Red” scheme and not live your summer as the perfect time to question your life. This handy advice is nostalgic and warm, so get ready to dive in.


And once again just to make it clear: READ. I always used to spend my summer covered in books and magazines. I am that one kid whose luggage is a bit overweight because I carry around ten books for my ten days of Greece vacation, and you know what? It is okay; let’s normalise having more books than clothing on your trip. Create a list of books, begin with 5 priorities and read. To tell you the truth, there is no magic pill for reading, it's just about starting the process, and the rest will come, so breathe in, breathe out, and read.

  • Create a Reading List: Start with a list of five priority books. These can be novels, self-help books, biographies, or any genre that interests you.
  • Carry Books Everywhere: Normalise bringing more books than clothes on your trips. Books can be a great companion whether you’re lounging on a beach or sitting in a café.
  • Join a Book Club: Engaging with others reading the same book can provide motivation and deeper insights into the material.

Stay Connected
Social interactions are both fulfilling and exciting, so don’t lose your chance. It's not about becoming a social butterfly, it's more about not outgrowing the larva stage on your way. Social interaction is crucial for mental well-being. Make sure to stay connected with friends and family:

  • Plan Regular Meet-Ups: Whether it’s coffee with a friend, a family barbecue, or a movie night, regular social events keep you engaged and uplifted.
  • Virtual Hangouts: If distance is an issue, virtual meet-ups via video calls can be as fulfilling.
  • Join Clubs or Groups: Summer can be a great time to join a new club or group based on your interests, whether it’s a sports club, a hobby group, or a volunteering organisation.

Pursue Hobbies and Interests
Your primary justification for postponing all desired hobbies used to be lack of time and university deadlines, but now your time to shine has come. Summer is an excellent time to dive into hobbies or explore new interests:

  • Creative Activities: Try your hand at painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument.
  • Learn Something New: Take an online course, learn a new language, or try a new sport.
  • Travel or Explore: Visit new places. Even short trips to nearby towns or attractions can provide a refreshing change of scenery.

Final Thoughts
No thoughts indeed, go enjoy your life and the rest of summer which is ahead of you!