Many anxiety sufferers find that the weather can have an impact on their symptoms. For some, the heat and humidity of summer seems to exacerbate symptoms of situational anxiety.
Some psychotherapists believe that anxiety sufferers report more panic attacks during the summer due to the heat. Being over-heated can cause similar physical symptoms to panic attacks, such as sweating, palpitations, shaking, and feeling faint. It may be that noting these symptoms makes you more worried, triggering a genuine attack.
The extended hours of daylight and heat at night could be causing you to get less sleep. It’s well known that sleep can help ease anxiety, so being over-tired certainly won’t be helping you. Being busier during the day can take its toll too.
What can I do?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to ‘make the most’ of the sunshine. If you’re feeling run down and stressed, say no to some summer activities and give yourself time to relax. Avoid being outside during the highest temperatures and stick to cooler, more shaded places. Stay hydrated, eat well and try to keep your home cool.
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