When Spring Comes and Depression Stays
Oftentimes, people struggling with depression look forward to springtime and the hope that warmer weather and longer days will bring some relief to their symptoms. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and hopelessness can set in. This year especially, with the pandemic seeming to be never-ending, people are dealing with the loss of the ability to find pleasure in activities.
The number of people experiencing burnout, stress, and depression has increased as the pandemic continues. During long periods of unpredictability, like what has been happening over the past 13 months, it can be easy to become lethargic and lose any kind of pleasure in what would normally feel good to us. And the hobbies that may have been taken up time in the beginning of the pandemic, may have lost their luster. People are losing motivation to do much of anything.
Connection with other continues to be extremely important during this time. As the weather warms, it provides us the opportunity to meet up with people safely outside. But if that is not an option for you, reach out through video chat or phone calls. Let people know you are struggling so they can support you.
Other options include spending time in nature, connecting to a spiritual practice, or exercise. When not much seems to be working, be patient with yourself and remember this too shall pass. And of course, seek out professional help and support when you need to. Working with a mental health professional can help you to begin to climb out of your depressive mood.
-Julie Lublin, MA
Julie Lublin, MA, PLC is a staff psychotherapist at Marsh Psychology Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-860-2024.