Lacking motivation? How to cope with the end of summer blues

by Michael Davis in Education | Uncategorised

The end of the summer is here, the temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter. You’ve been looking forward to the summer period all year long, and before you know it it’s over. As we delve deeper and deeper into fall, and as winter approaches, for some this might be the best time of the year, for others, motivation begins to dwindle. End of Summer blues are quite common (not to be confused with Season Affective Disorder (SAD), witch is a mood disorder. Read more about “SAD” here). “End of summer blues” refers to a feeling of sadness or melancholy that some people experience as the summer season comes to a close.

The sentiment can arise for a variety of reasons, the intensity of these feelings can vary widely from person to person. The most common reasons include the change of season, the end of summer holidays and vacations, the end of school break and more. If you feel affected by end of summer blues, you should instead try focusing on the positive aspects of the upcoming season. Here are 5 things you could focus on that can help:

Setting new goals

Setting new goals offers a potent remedy for end-of-summer blues. It provides renewed motivation and direction, helping combat feelings of sadness. Think about what you want to achieve over the next few months. Maybe you want to achieve something before Christmas time. It could be to save money, progress in your career, an academic achievement, a fitness goal such as run a 5k. Whatever it is, write it down and think how you are going to achieve it.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation may alleviate end-of-summer blues by supporting mood regulation. As sunlight exposure diminishes with the changing season, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels can help mitigate the risk of mood disturbances. This nutrient’s influence on neurotransmitters and overall well-being suggests that supplementation may contribute to a more positive and balanced emotional state as summer transitions into autumn. That being said, you should make an extra effort to more sunlight throughout the day, but especially early on in the morning.

Trying a new activity or hobby

Exploring a new activity or hobby can counter end-of-summer blues by infusing novelty and excitement into the changing season. Engaging in something unfamiliar provides a fresh source of enjoyment, stimulates the mind, and fosters a sense of anticipation, helping to combat any feelings of melancholy associated with summer’s end. Maybe there’s a hobby that you’ve been willing to sit down and get into but haven’t had the time with the chaotic summer schedule. Look for new social activities and events around you. Try and resist the urge to isolate yourself.

Practice self-compassion

Be kind to yourself and remember that it’s normal to have mixed emotions during the seasonal transition. Give yourself some time to feel and process these emotions. You could try journaling. Practicing journaling everyday has proven to be a useful tool to help process emotions, self-reflect, set goals and practice gratitude.

Plan a vacation

Now that the summer period is over, you want something new to look forward to. Planning a vacation is a great way to infuse excitement and anticipation. This can be something as simple as a day out or maybe a week vacation. Whatever it is, plan it now so that you can look forward to it!

I hope this read was helpful!

See you soon

Michael