Posted by SANE
12th Jul 2018

Unlike it is for most people, summer isn't my favourite season of the year. However, there are many of aspects of the summer which are great. For my first blog for Sane, and in the interest of keeping things light and positive, I would like to share them with you.

As someone who suffers with depression, the first thing to note is that regardless of the time you wake up in the morning during the summer, it's light outside. Gone are the days of waking up to go to work in the dark and coming home from work in the dark, where the only hiatus is the artificial light provided by our workplace. It might just be me, but waking to the birds singing what feels like a happier song during the summer provides a welcoming introduction to the day, like the uplifting soundtrack at the start of a movie.

Another thing I think about when I think about the summer is a concept that I feel that we fixate on, and that is time. With the days becoming longer, suddenly I feel like I have more time. Instead of hibernating after work during winter, I'm afforded time to go and play a round of golf, or to go cycling in the woods. Being outdoors is good for my physical health and, more importantly, my mental health. The summer presents me more time to just be outdoors, which I find invaluable.

When I am feeling depressed, I too often see the world as dull and devoid of colour. The summer furnishes us with some fantastic colours; I only have to look in the garden to see how vibrant the flowers are - almost every colour of the rainbow right before my eyes.

It would be remiss of me not to mention sport when I think of summer. As a fan of nearly every sport, the summer presents me with occasions that I can look forward to. During my periods of depression, so much time and energy is spent on getting through the day - or even the next hour - that I deny myself the luxury of being optimistic about the future. With so many sporting events, I can project my optimism as far as a month or two in advance, and for that, I am - and will always be - grateful.

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