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Tips to avoid a bummer summer

By Sara Norman

The end of summer can be distressing for some people. (FILE PHOTO)

The end of summer can be distressing for some people. (FILE PHOTO)

If you’re experiencing those end-of-summer blues, you’re not alone according to Sarah Hamid-Balma with the B.C. division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. There are several things you can do to help stave off anxiety or depression as you head back to work or school.

Hamid-Balma says planning ahead and giving yourself a buffer after vacation time to ease back into your regular routine can help.

“Are there small things that you enjoyed in your break that you can bring into your work and school life? Bring a little bit of that flavour out of the good feelings that you want to not evaporate with you,” she recommends.

Another tip for having a great end to the summer is managing your expectations, Hamid-Balma says, as not every summer break is relaxing or peaceful despite what popular culture tells us. She points to disturbing statistics showing the number of suicides in July surpassing the month of February over the last 10 years.

There are things you should watch out for in friends and family, Hamid-Balma said, including “changes in someone that last a few days or a few weeks ... They might be more restless or more tired or they’re suddenly backing out of social engagements.” She recommends inviting the person to chat and see what’s up.

This year, with the teachers’ strike still looming, Hamid-Balma worries parents and kids might have more anxiety or depression than in the past. She says many people look forward to getting back to school in the fall, and the extra pressure of unexpected childcare needs or not knowing when the first day of school will start is causing a lot more stress.


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