Seasonal Depression and How Summer Affects the Brain

Sunlight Can Ward Off Depression

Summer has just begun and we couldn’t be happier! Now is the time to go outside and have as much fun in the sun as possible. And here’s something to shine about, chances are, your mental health improves during the summer months. Summer is a great time to sit back, relax and see where the day takes you. Sunlight helps a person feel great not only physically, but it also increases mental health.

Studies have shown that people are happier and less depressed in the summertime. Fewer people are searching for information about depression because fewer people are depressed.

Why is summer a good time for the brain?

Two significant factors for better mental health in the summer are sunlight and a good night’s sleep. Sunlight aids in regulating the body. During the summer, the bodies’ circadian rhythm is working at its peak performance. The longer days help the body know when it’s time to go to sleep, better than in winter. Since the sun goes down later in the summer, the body believes it’s time to go to sleep closer to when a person would actually be ready to do that.

Maximize your physical and mental health with these tips:

  • Have a good work-out routine. Exercising regularly is a great way to stay in shape and feel better about yourself.
  • Get some sun! Don’t stay inside all day. Even if you have nowhere to be, call a friend and go for a walk.
  • Surround yourself with happy people. Go out with friends and enjoy life.

Psychiatric Care in NJ

While sunlight can be great for our mental health and overall sense of well-being, it is not a magic cure if you are feeling depressed.

If you think you or someone you love may be suffering from depression or seasonal depression, Carrier Clinic® offers inpatient depression treatment that can help. To reach our 24/7 Access Center, call 800-933-3579.

Learn More About Seasonal Depression

Read our resource to learn more about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).