For Many, Summertime is SAD Time
For all of my life, I've preferred rainy days because those are the days I'm the calmest and my mind is the clearest. I thought maybe there was something very wrong with me because I've never met anyone else who would take cool, damp, wet days over sunny ones. And then, I stumbled across something that let me know that I'm not alone.
The something that I stumbled on is the world, "pluviophile." According to the Collins Dictionary, a pluviophile is: "a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days."
Most people absolutely love the summer months because it means soaking in the warm sunshine, relaxing, and letting go of the stresses that we have to deal with each and every day. However, there are some people who have a really hard time with the summer months and all that the season brings with it.
According to PR Newswire, the life coaching group, MeQuilbrium, looked at 30,000 people over a two-year period and what they found was pretty interesting. "Despite the many joys of summer, employees seem to be more vulnerable to life's challenges during this time of year."
Most people only associate Seasonal Affective Disorder with wintertime, but it happens in the summer months, too, and to a lot of people.
If you stop to think about it, the answer makes total sense. We have more contact with our family over the summertime with all of the get-togethers and we tend to stay up later in the summer months, and there's also the whole needing to keep our bodies in somewhat decent shape for bathing suit season. Each of those things leads to more stress than we deal with during winter.
MeQuilibrium says "Although employees may be out on vacation, thinking about what they are missing at work and the dread of coming back to full inboxes and piled up projects can bring on increased stress."
I completely understand and agree with the statement about coming back from vacation to mounds of work. It certainly feels like we bend over backward and put in so many extra hours to get all of our work done in advance just so that we can go on vacation and then when we return and open our work email for the first time in a week, we're totally flooded with anxiety to see all of the things that need to be done, like yesterday.
I guess the good thing we can take from this is that we're all in the same boat, so if you were feeling like you were all alone on your summertime stress island, you're not and if you're someone who prefers rainy weather, I'm right there with you.