Individual therapy – Summer 2024

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Summer is a Great Time to Start Therapy

Take time for yourself this summer – a couple of ideas around going to individual therapy this summer:

You’re likely already doing new things

Or, if not new, at least different from the rest of the year. You could be going to the ocean, up to the mountains. Or maybe you’re back from visiting colleges. At any rate, a change in routine allows the space to find time to reflect on how you are doing mentally, a health check for your mind and emotions.

In fact, there are several reasons why the summer months can be particularly beneficial for embarking on your therapeutic journey.

You might have more free time

Summer often brings a slower pace of life, with longer days and vacation breaks. This extra free time allows you to prioritize your mental health without the added stress of juggling work or school responsibilities. Whether you’re a student on summer break or have some time off from work, summer provides an opportunity to dedicate more time and energy towards therapy sessions.

Improved weather and outdoor activities

The warmer weather and longer daylight hours make it easier to engage in outdoor activities that promote mental well-being. Therapy sessions can be complemented with activities such as walking or hiking in nature, swimming, or practicing yoga in the park. Engaging in physical activities outdoors can help reduce stress and anxiety, while also enhancing the therapeutic benefits of your sessions.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – in the summer?!?

Although commonly associated with the winter months, some individuals experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the summer as well. You may have reduced melatonin levels which, in conjunction with the longer daytime hours and hot weather, can lead to poor sleep quality and other issues, such as depression.

Fresh Start

Summer often symbolizes a fresh start, making it an ideal time to begin therapy. It’s a season of growth and renewal, where you can let go of any past struggles and focus on personal development. Starting therapy during this time can help you set new goals, gain insights, and work towards positive changes in your life.

Increased Vitamin D Levels

The summer sun is a great source of natural vitamin D, which has been linked to improved mental health. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with depression and other mood disorders. By spending more time outdoors in the sunlight, you can boost your vitamin D levels, which may help alleviate symptoms of depression and improve overall well-being.

Supportive Community

During the summer months, there is often a sense of community and connection. People tend to be more social, attending events, festivals, and outdoor gatherings. Engaging in therapy during this time can provide you with a supportive community and a safe space to explore your emotions. It can also give you the opportunity to discuss any social anxieties or challenges you may be facing, and work on building social skills and confidence.

Summer is a season of transition, see, for instance, the bright green growth of spring turn into fully fledged abundance of summer. Summer is a season of transformation and growth, both in nature and in our own lives. Just as the vibrant green foliage of spring evolves into the lush abundance of summer, we too have the opportunity to embark on a journey of personal growth and self-improvement.

Starting therapy during the summer can be particularly beneficial because it aligns with this season of change and renewal. It allows us to reflect on the progress we have made thus far and set new goals for the future. Much like the blooming flowers and flourishing trees, therapy can help us nourish our mental well-being and develop a stronger, more resilient mindset.

Additionally, the metaphor of summer’s transition from spring can provide a source of inspiration and motivation. Just as nature adapts and thrives, we can embrace the season’s energy and use it to fuel our own personal development. By seeking therapy during this time, we take an active step towards creating positive change in our lives.

Enjoy this summer and give us a call, we’d love to hear from you.