How to Make Summer Plans When You’ve Had a History of Depression

Our society tells us summer is fun and carefree. Does that message match your lived experience, or has depression negatively impacted your recent summer memories? This year, you don’t have to be disappointed with summer.

Let’s discuss strategies for enjoying your summer despite recurring depression.

Prioritize Your Vision for a Healthy Summer

We live in a world that encourages comparison and nurtures the feeling that we lack something when we’re not keeping up with the hypothetical Joneses. As you make summer plans, focus on activities and experiences that you find personally important. Whether your summer plans measure up to a neighbor’s vacation itinerary should be irrelevant.

Don’t be afraid to prioritize your needs and interests.

Additionally, remember that it’s hard to please everyone. Yes, that includes family members. While your summer calendar may contain one or two obligatory events, we encourage you to focus your energy this summer on plans that fulfill you.

Make Space for Your Mental Wellbeing

Whether your plans include summer travel or frequent local gatherings, we hope you’ll block off time for self-care, too. Self-care is your time. It allows you to reset your whole person.

Choose forms of self-care that work for you. Here are several options:

  • Evening walks
  • Reading outside
  • Outdoor meditation
  • Gratitude journaling
  • Moonbathing on clear nights

If you pursue self-care throughout the summer, you’ll relax on a regular basis. At summer’s end, relaxation will surely be a worthwhile memory.

Check in With Yourself About Summer SAD

You have likely heard about seasonal affective disorder, which is often called SAD. While SAD is prominent in winter, about one million Americans experience SAD during summer. Known as summer-pattern SAD, this type of depression is documented in a brochure from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Ask yourself if your summers are annually marked by these symptoms of summer-pattern SAD:

  • Anxiousness
  • Restlessness
  • Easy agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Diminished appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Aggressive behavior

These symptoms can last for five months, so addressing summer-pattern SAD will help you reclaim a significant portion of your year. Here are some reliable treatments for SAD:

Leave Past Summers in the Past

Happiness arises when we live in the moment. Whether a past summer was upbeat or unfortunate, we urge you to leave it in the past.

If you find staying present difficult, lean into appreciation and gratitude. With consistent practice, you can live in the moment and leave the past where it belongs, behind you.

Take a Modern Step Toward Your Overall Happiness

We humans have complex minds, so our happiness relies on a complex equation. While self-care and staying present matter, they may not be enough to help us enjoy summer.

Maximizing your potential for happiness this summer may depend on your choice to pursue a modern form of therapy for recurring depression. Whether you face summer-pattern SAD or treatment-resistant depression, we encourage you to learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation because it works:

  • Millions of successful treatments
  • Improvement experienced by most patients
  • Full remission for over 60% of patients

How TMS Therapy Works

Picture yourself visiting a healthcare practice that is as convenient as your dentist or your eye doctor, but this practice provides maintenance for your mind. At our three WIN-TMS locations in the Milwaukee area, you’ll find exactly that type of healthcare practice.

Our therapy sessions occur in a comfortable chair. You can read, use your phone or just relax while our expert staff applies the TMS device to your brain’s motor cortex.

Wait! What’s a Motor Cortex?

We think of this area of the brain as your mind’s clock. If it’s running at an atypical pace, you may experience depression.

Our TMS device sends a painless magnetic field through your scalp to reset your motor cortex. Importantly, this reset happens over multiple sessions.

As you explore TMS therapy, remember these highlights:

  • This is a drug-free therapy.
  • A full course of TMS therapy spans several weeks of daily sessions.
  • Our sessions are short and convenient.
  • Insurance covers TMS therapy.
  • Due to nominal side effects, you can drive after your appointments.

Start Your Summer on the Right Foot With TMS Therapy

Our modern therapy improves real people’s lives. To enhance your potential for a fulfilling summer this year, schedule a WIN-TMS consultation today!

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