Seasonal depression only happens in the winter, right? Grey skies, cold winds, and being holed up inside all day will make a depressive out of anyone. It makes sense.
But, contrary to popular belief, seasonal depression happens in the summer as well, and it happens often. While we usually associate summer with relaxing days under the sun, for many of us it is the opposite.
If the onset of summer has you worried about sinking deeper into depression, the first step to take is to seek help. The next step? Keep yourself busy with fun, stress-free activities. Real Simple has a great list of things to do on a lazy day. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorites. So grab some people you love, get out of that air-conditioned room, and make a day of it!
- See a movie at the drive-in: Nostalgic, much? Drive-ins may not be the same high-quality as most indoor theaters these days, but you just can’t beat the atmosphere. Starry skies, green grass, and the cool night breeze…bring a blanket and some food, and you’re good to go.
- Play miniature golf: Nothing like a little fun competition to raise your spirits, right?
- Build a sandcastle on the beach: Laying on the beach is boring. Building sandcastles, however, is a blast no matter how old you are.
- Eat a lobster with your hands: Forget utensils—lobster is better this way.
- Pick blueberries at a farm: Beautiful views and healthy food. It doesn’t get any better than this.
- Have a picnic in the park: A timeless classic. Washington is full of beautiful parks. Take your pick, pack some food (maybe some of those blueberries you picked) and a book, bring a friend, and enjoy the outdoors.
- Watch the sun set from a beach: Sunsets are always beautiful, but there’s something about the beach that makes them extra special.
- Dangle your feet off a dock: Dip your toes in the water and feel like a kid again.
- Go biking: The greater Seattle area is known for its great biking routes. If you don’t have a bike, rent one and explore.
- Go camping: The only question is “Where?” The local park? In the mountains? Your backyard?
- Go hiking: With the Olympic Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the east, Washingtonians have endless options of breathtaking hikes. Take advantage of them!
- Go to a baseball game: Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, going to a game is a blast. Grab a hotdog and cheer on your favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team, pick a random one and cheer anyways!
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Residence XII offers DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN as well as alcohol treatment that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT and OUTPATIENTtreatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).