Soothe Summertime Sadness

sad faceSummertime is a time of sunshine, renewal and activity. It’s a time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature. It’s time to be happy. Well, usually.

Depending on your current circumstances, sometimes summertime can bring on sadness. While others seem carefree, you’re feeling a little sad or stressed, or both. You wonder why you feel like you’re in a daze or just don’t feel like engaging with other people. Welcome to summertime sadness.

Causes of summertime sadness

Sadness is common and it’s perfectly normal to be sad at times. And the good news is that there is almost always something you can do to turn the frown upside down. The best way to begin is to identify the source of the summertime stress. Here are some common sources of stress in summer (and all year round):

  • Experiencing grief or loss
  • Being around people going through tough times
  • Arguing with someone
  • Problems at school or work
  • Big life changes e.g. changing where you live, marriage, divorce
  • Caring for someone who is ill
  • Being bored
  • Loss of a job or frustrating with job-hunting
  • Having a medical condition or chronic illness
  • Not sleeping well
  • Being sedentary and not getting enough exercise
  • Hormonal changes

What to do?

Of course, you can just live with it and see if it goes away, or you can do something about it. In many cases that means talking to others about what’s going on and creating a plan to take control of your life and move toward happiness. For others, it means paying attention to medical needs. For everyone, it means taking control of your own thoughts and feelings and moving ahead to banish the sadness.

In almost all cases, finding a time for relaxation and renewal is both a great way to begin and a logical way to continue to help yourself as you work to identify and work on root issues of your sadness. For a growing number of people, massage fits the definition of relaxation and renewal. It’s easy to find a good massage therapist and the results can be profoundly helpful.

A massage therapist’s touch signals your brain to release feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which boost mood and give you a natural high. Stress hormones decrease and you sink into a state of bliss.

If you have aches and pains, the therapists work causes pain signals from your brain to diminish. The massage also helps muscles heal faster, decreases inflammation caused by exercise and speeds cellular repair.

And there’s much more, studies have revealed that massage may also be helpful for:

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.

All these benefits of massage point to helping you cope with your sadness. When you leave your massage you’re often relaxed enough to think about your current stressors and build those plans for longer term relief.

Take control and combat the symptoms of summertime sadness with some massage happiness. Seek out a qualified massage therapist today!