Erle Levey

End of Summer Blues start to creep in as days cool down

It's that time of year when cases of EOSB spread.  

As the warmer months melt away, a condition which results in a sudden drop in mood starts to sneak up on people who love long days.    

Do you have 'End of Summer Blues'?   

Research commissioned by airline Jetstar shows two thirds of Australians try to find a way to remain upbeat as the cool months draw in.   

According to the research men are more susceptible to EOSB than women and younger generations are more susceptible as well.   

Over 59% of Gen Y claim to feel down in the dumps at the end of Summer compared to only 21 per cent of Baby Boomers.   

Clinical Psychologist and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of the Happiness Institute Dr. Timothy Sharp, AKA Dr. Happy, said the climate has a profound effect on human behaviour.  

"The seasons have a bigger impact on people than we may realise and it is not uncommon to experience a slight mood drop once we move from warm to cooler months," Dr. Happy explained.  

"Our behaviour tends to be seasonal and the trend in the warmer months is to be more active, social and adventurous. No wonder Aussies love Summer so much. Once the weather starts to cool many of us decide to hibernate which could explain why we experience such a drop in mood," he added.  

  What did Australian's really do this summer?

Shopping = 36.8 hours over summer

BBQing with friends/family = 25.1 hours

Exploring the outdoors = 19.7%

Swimming at beach/pool = 18.8 hours

Playing sport = 18.4 hours

Relaxing on the beach = 15.4 hours

Beat the blues

While Summer may be coming to a close there are many ways to keep your mood in check.   

1. Stay active - resist the urge to hibernate; develop a list of fun and pleasurable activities that can be carried out both indoors and outdoors  

2. Stay social - staying connected with others is key to feeling happy and healthy  

3. Exercise - physical fitness is a great stress reliever and mood enhancer  

4. Positively reminisce - look back fondly on the Summer that was by flicking through photos and making an album  

5. Plan your next holiday - give yourself something to look forward to and start thinking about your next adventure    

Chase the sun

Top 3 destinations Aussies believe are best for keeping the summer feeling alive over winter.  

1. Hawaii  

2. Cairns  

3. Perth    


*The study was conducted online among 1,079 Australians aged 18 and over on Friday 13th February 2015. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and non-capital city areas. 

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