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We tend to associate seasonal anxiety and depression with the fall or winter seasons given the shorter days and colder weather, however, it’s possible to be affected with the seasonal anxiety disorder in the summertime. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 18 percent of the U.S. population -40 million adults- are affected with anxiety or some form of anxiety disorder.

Whether your anxiety is anticipatory or not, dealing with anxious emotions and thoughts are never easy. Thankfully, there are effective remedies that you can start now to help you ease your anxiety. So, if you’re finding it hard to cope this summer, here are five ways to help you be good to yourself and help improve your overall mental health.

During the summer months, spend more time outdoors soaking up some sun. Go to the beach or lake and go for a swim and read a book that you’ve had your eye on for a while; start a garden, go rollerblading, bike riding, or head to a new restaurant and eat on the patio. Whatever activity you decide to partake in, aim to do it outside, if possible.

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