It’s no July (you know – barbecues, federal holidays, “Despacito” on repeat), but August still has plenty of sunshine, long days, and hot weather to enjoy. So why does the last month of summer sometimes feel like a complete drag? It turns out that experiencing anxiety and depression is pretty common in August, according to Stephen Ferrando, director of psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center.
“August blues… are sort of like the Sunday night blues for a month,” Ferrando told New York magazine’s The Science of Us. Depression and anxiety at the end of summer can often be equated to situational events, like the start of school, the end of vacation, and the anticipation of the hectic holiday season. In other words, you’re left feeling like summer has passed you by, and upset about all the fun times, memories and pretty Instagrams you didn’t get to enjoy.
Despite it not often being categorized as a formal disorder, the August Blues is something to monitor and take care of. Rachel Annunziato, associate professor of psychology at Fordham University, explained that she often feels guilty for slowing down in August. It’s good to stay organized, but she suggests you take it slow. “I think if you haven’t already, this is an important time to give yourself a bit of a break.”
This gives you a guilt-free reason to extend your end-of-summer vacay for a few more days than planned and end your summer on a high note. Also though, fall is a delight too!