In the summer anxiety is generally lower for most sufferers. But for some sufferers it is higher. This can be for many reasons, for example maybe your favored coping mechanism for one of your symptoms isn’t as accepted in the summer or the increased number of people outside or on the roads.
Generally as the summer progresses the temperature of your surroundings increase which induces effects which are similar to symptoms of anxiety. These include sweating, tiredness, dehydration and the feeling of being hot. Dehydration can cause lightheadedness and dizziness. If you do suffer from any of these as symptoms of anxiety then feeling these for very real reasons can be an anxiety trigger.
What should you work on?
Simply put you should work on your anxiety disorder. More specifically, work on those things that make it harder for you in the summer first. For example work on not needing that favored coping mechanism which isn’t appropriate all year round or work on real coping skills for the symptoms that bother you the most. Know when to battle your anxiety and when to stay and look after yourself. Learn the CBT cycle and have a look at our recent blog on CBT basics. Get some therapy for your anxiety disorder, commonly that would be CBT but it could be another sort of therapy where appropriate.
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