DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been having a great time this summer hanging out with friends, and I’m sad that it is coming to an end. My favorite time of the year is summer, and I start to dread the cold weather the moment this season ends. It’s weird. My attitude changes almost instantly, and I get moody. I want to figure out how to keep my spirits up as the seasons change. Do you have any recommendations? -- Getting the Blues
DEAR GETTING THE BLUES: Seasonal changes can affect people dramatically. Know that you are not alone if it is happening to you.
Because you relish the summer so much, you are holding on dearly to those experiences rather than walking into the next season of your life. I recommend that you give thanks for what you have experienced up to this point, and then tell yourself that you are ready to experience what is coming next, whatever that is. With your eyes wide open, walk into fall with anticipation, not dread. Schedule time with loved ones to meet and engage in fun activities that will keep you active. Be sure to have the proper clothing to stay warm and dry. Go on adventures and explore your environment and the wonders of this season.
If you find, even with all of the effort you can muster to stay in the moment, that you still can’t climb out of negative feelings, check in with a therapist. Seasonal affective disorder is a real condition that impacts many people. You may need psychological or medical support as you enter this season. Just remember that your attitude about being in the moment and relishing the good in it is essential for your happiness.