For some, waking up one morning in April/May with the sun shining down and the warmth in the air would be a breath of fresh air. For others, like me, it is a trigger for the start of my anxiety.
My anxiety goes fairly dormant in the Winter like most things, I’d like to think it’s a type of hibernation! However when Spring/Summer time comes around, it can be a major trigger for my anxiety and panic attacks. Whilst others are waking up to the sun and warmth and feeling extremely happy, I wake up and get a sudden takeover of anxiety on my body, right from the second my eyes open.
Of course for a lot of mental health sufferers, the change of season can be positive in helping their mood and irrational thoughts, however for me it has the opposite effect. It is rather frustrating in my eyes because I love the Summer time! However when the new season presents itself and it (literally) springs onto us one morning, my anxiety does not coordinate well with it. I wake up feeling anxious and almost as if I’ve woken up mid-panic attack. It’s not a nice feeling to wake up to! Personally, rain is my favourite weather at is is very soothing for my anxiety.
One technique I’ve found that helps with this is jumping straight into a cold shower. One of the main causes of these feelings can be due to overheating during the night, causing a raise in my breathing and then waking up feeling as if I’m having a panic attack. This is why, for me, jumping straight into a cold shower will help combat this issue straight away. Another thing I like to do is sit outside. Once the realisation sets in that we’re in England and even though the sun is beaming down it is still cold outside, I start to feel a lot better.
Stepping into the hotter months shouldn’t be something we have to fear because of our mental health. Have a cold shower or bath, stick some summer clothes on and try and make the best out of it! It definitely won’t last forever, especially in this country!