While summer is often associated with sunshine, warmth, and joy, for many highly sensitive people (HSPs), it can be a season of mixed emotions. The intensity of the summer heat and the changes in routine may trigger feelings of sadness and discomfort. At Constellations Counselling, we understand the unique experiences of HSPs, and in this blog post, we will explore the reasons behind the summer blues and provide compassionate strategies to cope with this seasonal shift.
The Intensity of the Heat
Imagine the sun is shining brightly, and the temperature is soaring. The crowds are growing in outdoor spaces. Things are getting busy everywhere. For an HSP, the heat can feel suffocating and overwhelming. The intensity of the summer sun can quickly drain their energy, making them feel physically and emotionally exhausted. The bright light, strong smells, and busy social environments of summer can also create sensory overload, leading to heightened stress and discomfort.
Disruption of Routine
Another reason HSPs may struggle with summer is the disruption of routine. Summer often brings changes in schedules, such as vacations, family gatherings, and social events. While these can be enjoyable for many, they can be challenging for HSPs who thrive on consistency and predictability. The pressure to socialize and participate in numerous activities can be overwhelming, causing feelings of anxiety and a sense of being out of control.
Sensitive to Environmental Changes
HSPs are highly attuned to their surroundings, and seasonal shifts can impact their mood and well-being. During summer, the increased noise from outdoor activities, crowded spaces, and bustling environments can be overwhelming. This can lead to heightened stress levels, irritability, and a desire for solitude and quiet.
Coping Strategies for Summer Sadness
- Validate your feelings: Acknowledge that it’s okay to feel sad or uncomfortable during summer. Recognize that you are not alone in experiencing these emotions and that they are valid responses to your unique sensitivities.
- Find cooling and calming strategies: Explore ways to stay cool and comfortable during hot weather. Seek refuge in air-conditioned spaces, use cooling tools like fans or cold compresses, and dress in lightweight and breathable fabrics. Engage in activities that bring a sense of calmness, such as spending time in nature during cooler hours or practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
- Create a summer self-care routine: Establish a self-care routine that supports your well-being during summer. Prioritize activities that recharge and nourish you, such as reading in a shaded spot, taking refreshing walks near water, or engaging in creative pursuits indoors. Ensure that you carve out time for solitude and reflection to replenish your energy.
- Set boundaries: Don’t be afraid to say “no” to social invitations or events that feel overwhelming. Understand your limits and communicate them assertively to others. Remember that taking care of your own needs is essential for your well-being.
- Seek support: Connect with a Vancouver counsellor who specializes in supporting highly sensitive individuals. They can provide guidance, validation, and coping strategies tailored to your specific challenges. Having a safe space to express your feelings and explore underlying emotions can be immensely beneficial.
If you find yourself feeling sad or overwhelmed during summer as an HSP, know that you are not alone. Constellations Counselling is here to support you on your journey. We understand the unique challenges you face and provide a compassionate space where you can explore your emotions and develop strategies to navigate the summer season with greater ease.
Remember, you have the power to create a summer experience that aligns with your needs and well-being. Embrace self-compassion, prioritize self-care, and reach out to us at Constellations Counselling for guidance and support.