Do You Feel Blue When Springtime Comes Around? Here's Why
We're all familiar with the winter blues, and Lana Del Rey sure put "Summertime Sadness" on the map—but springtime blues are totally a thing, too.
With the exception of this rare and bizarre 2020 instance overshadowed by the deadly coronavirus, spring season is characteristically synonymous with flowers, blue skies, chipper smiles, Coachella and a rebirth of energy, following the long, dreary months of winter.
If the thought of the aforementioned makes you cringe, or you would happily rather hop back into hibernation mode, there may be an underlying reason for that.
We reached out to Sarah Michael Novia, M.S., Ed.S., LPCC, BC-TMH, who explains the common reason for your seasonal distaste, and what you can do to keep your resentment from getting the best of you. Keep reading for what she had to say!
Sweety High: Why does springtime make some people sad, when it's generally perceived as an uplifting season?
Sarah Michael Novia: If you feel the blues coming on as the rainclouds part and the sun comes out, you're probably an introvert.
SH: What's the formal definition of an introvert?
SMN: The difference between an introvert and an extrovert is from where you derive your energy. Do you feel energized being around people? Extrovert. Do you need to spend time alone to recover after being with people? Introvert. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with being social versus being shy. It's all about what you need to recharge.
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SH: So, what is it about spring that brings on this need to recharge?
SMN: Heading into spring, that warm weather and sunshine can feel overwhelming for introverts. No more excuses to stay in, everyone wants to see you! When you feel those blues come on, it's time for some extra self-care.
SH: What do you suggest as far as self-care is concerned surrounding this time of year?
SMN: Schedule at least one night a week to be by yourself. Make this a non-negotiable solo-date. For some, it may need to be more than one night.
Eat healthy, meditate, journal, exercise. Exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain. Also, light candles, listen to music, take a bath or settle in for a movie.
Know and curate your tribe. Surround yourself with friends who cheerlead for you and for whom you want to cheerlead. This might only be one person, and that's okay. Only make one-on-one plans with people who feel great to be around. Support each other completely.
Set boundaries and keep them. Tell more casual friends you "aren't doing one-on-one time right now." Arrange for one day in the week you'll already be out and invite those more casual friends to join you then.
Get a social hobby you love. Do something once a week that brings you joy, especially when you're surrounded by other people.
SH: What if you try these tips and you're still feeling down?
SMN: if you're still feeling down, exhausted or overwhelmed, it may be worth looking into therapy. You can find a fabulous licensed therapist by going to Psychology Today and scrolling through. Look at their pictures, read their bios, and jot down two to five to whom you feel you might connect. Then call them for a quick five-minute chat and schedule a session with the one who seems like the best fit for you (if you feel like it's the right move).
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