This summer has not been a typical summer for me. I served as a groomsman in a friend’s wedding. I lost a grandmother who influenced my life for nothing but the better. I also got kind of lazy about watching what I ate and gained 15 of the almost 70 pounds I had lost overall. But I also went through the entire summer with only one flare up of the schizophrenia. This happened back in early July.
Summers are usually tough times for me. This is when I feel my most irritable and easily agitated. Some of my worst flare ups occur in July and August every year like clockwork. I’ve seen research suggesting that a good portion of people have more problems with mental illness during certain times of year. I think my problems in summer are made worse by the heat of summer. It’s a dry heat most of the time in my home state of Nebraska. When it does rain the humidity can be rough.
Things have been settling down and getting back to more typical for the last three weeks. I’ve gotten serious about dieting and exercise again and have lost 10 pounds since my grandma’s funeral. My problems with irritability, anger, and anxiety are subsiding again. We also had a week when it was unseasonably cool in the middle of August. It was an early preview of the fall that will be starting in a few weeks. We haven’t had an unbearably hot summer this year but it was hot enough for several weeks just enough to limit outdoor activity more than I would have liked.