The Holidays: People Get SAD In The Summer Too; Tips for Summer Depression; Vacation Quotes; Related Humour, Music and More...

Even in Utopia people take vacations and enjoy the holidays! Celebrations abound in thanks and appreciation for life, health and well being!

That being said -

This is the final UFF post for awhile, so be it a working holiday, an indulgent get away, an at home retreat, a collective experience or solo endeavor, we encourage one and all to enjoy whatever is affordable, to indulge in life's gift of time and circumstance!

Just remember -

We can't run away from ourselves!

And -

Wherever we are, there we go!

So -

Let's make the journey of life as productive and enjoyable as possible for one and all!

Sounds good, right?

Yet many suffer from a version of SAD in the Summer as well as Winter, so that's where this post begins...


People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Too

Millions suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorder

By Brian Handwerk
June 22, 2015

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Sunday, June 21, marks the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere, colloquially known as the first day of summer. Many sun-worshipers will revel in the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. But even after 50 years of Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues”—and a few of Lana Del Rey's “Summertime Sadness”—some people may be surprised to learn that summer can cause seasonal depression.

“Both summer SAD and winter SAD people can experience the full range of symptoms of major depressive disorder—depressed mood, hopelessness and feelings of worthlessness and nihilism,” says Ian Cook, a professor of psychiatry and bioengineering and director of the UCLA Depression Research & Clinic Program.

Other symptoms are opposites, like the seasons themselves. Winter sufferers often feel sluggish, sleep more than usual and tend to overeat and gain weight. By contrast, summertime depression often brings insomnia, loss of appetite, weight loss and feelings of agitation or anxiety. Summertime SAD can also create an increased feeling of isolation. If misery loves company, SAD sufferers can find plenty of other people to commiserate with during the dreary winter months. But during summer, most everyone else seems to be having a great time.

It remains a puzzle why some people experience SAD during the months of fun in the sun. Some research suggests that it can be triggered by too much sun exposure or oppressive heat. Other scientists have theorized that allergies play a roll, or that people are responding to shifts in sleeping habits during summer's lighter nights and bright early mornings.

Unfortunately for those with the summertime blues, winter SAD and other dangers of winter darkness have received the lion's share of research attention. “Treatments for summer SAD do not have as much evidence as there is for winter SAD,” Cook says. One common winter therapy, use of light exposure to help compensate for dark days, isn't likely to help those who become depressed during the long, bright days of summer. "Most clinicians take it case-by-case and empirically develop a treatment plan for each individual with summer SAD,” Cook adds.

So why does anyone suffer from SAD at all? A recent brain study suggests that the season in which someone is born may have a lasting impact on whether they are affected by the disorder. Researchers at Vanderbilt University pinpointed the mid-brain region that may be a source of SAD—the dorsal raphe nucleus, where many of the neurons that control serotonin levels are located. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood; high levels have been linked to feelings of well being, while lower levels are associated with depression.

The team then raised groups of mice during different “seasons”, as defined by light cycles in the lab. Summer mice received 16 hours of light and 8 hours of dark each day. Mice representing spring and fall births experienced 12 hours of light and dark each. A third group, the winter mice, endured 16 hours of dark and only 8 hours of light each day. The groups' environments were identical in all other respects.

When the team recorded electrical activity in the animals' brains, they found that mice raised in summerlike conditions showed activity spikes consistent with serotonin secretion and elevated brain serotonin levels compared to their fall and winter counterparts—essentially, summer mice were happiest.

“The basic idea is that the enhanced activity of these neurons is a kind of antidepressant activity,” says Douglas McMahon, Vanderbilt’s Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, whose team reported their findings in May in Current Biology.

Brain changes due to seasonality were also reflected in mouse behaviors, the team found. Mice with brain chemistry consistent with that of a depressed human have been found to behave in certain ways. The forced swim test, for instance, is often employed to try out the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs. Scientists put mice into a pool of water and measure how much time they spend trying to escape versus just floating passively. Mice can float safely without much effort, but depressed mice, the theory holds, will more quickly lose hope of escape and simply float in despair. The Vanderbilt team ran this test with their mice, and the winter-born brood was quicker to float.

Similarly, an open field test determines how willing a mouse is to go out into the open. “You can imagine as a prey animal they are very cautious about that,” McMahon says. “But the mice born in summer were a bit bolder and less anxious, so they spent less time in closed areas or up against the wall,” he explains.

These birth season impacts lasted into adulthood for the mice, suggesting that the imprint of seasonal light on developing brains can stay with us even as we move around to different environments.

“We were able to show that their experience early on, even in what would be the equivalent of third trimester development in humans, sort of set the properties of the serotonin neurons, so that even six months later, and that's persisting into young adulthood for mice, they were still the same when we measured, even when we had moved them to live in a different seasonal photoperiod,” McMahon says.

He notes that researchers will still need to build evidence for this effect in humans. “In people, such an effect would have to persist for decades, and we don't know if it does,” he says. But other studies have also suggested that the season of our birth may make us more or less likely to suffer from various ailments—including depression. For example, earlier this month a Columbia University study compared 1,688 diseases with the birth dates of 1.7 million patients who had been treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC between 1985 and 2013. Among other ailments, several depression-related diagnoses were modulated by birth season, according to the study, with winter babies being more prone to suffer their effects.

“There could be lots of other seasonal variables other than light,” McMahon cautions. “But it's intriguing that at least in mice, our data shows a direct and lasting impact of the photoperiod on the neurons in the brain that are involved in producing serotonin and having an antidepressant role.”


Tips for Summer Depression
School’s out. It’s hot. And you’re not having any fun.
By R. Morgan Griffin

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Ah, the joys of summer: The withering heat and school vacations, when your kids give you minute-to-minute updates on their boredom levels. Isn’t summer supposed to be fun and relaxing? If you’ve got summer depression, it isn’t.

For some people, summer depression has a biological cause, says Ian A. Cook, MD, the director of the Depression Research Program at UCLA. For others, the particular stresses of summer can pile up and make them feel miserable.

Especially hard is that you feel like you’re supposed to be having a great time. Everyone else seems so happy splashing in the water and sweating in their lawn chairs. So why can’t you? And more importantly, what can you do to make this summer easier? Here’s what you need to know about summer depression.

Understanding Summer Depression

Why do some people feel more depressed in summer? Here’s a rundown of reasons.

Summertime SAD. You’ve probably heard about seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which affects about 4% to 6% of the U.S. population. SAD typically causes depression as the days get shorter and colder. But about 10% of people with SAD get it in the reverse -- the onset of summer triggers their depression symptoms. Cook notes that some studies have shown that in countries near the equator – such as India – summer SAD is more common than winter SAD. Why do seasonal changes cause depression? Experts aren’t sure, but the longer days, and increasing heat and humidity may play a role. Specific symptoms of summer depression often include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, weight loss, and anxiety.

Disrupted schedules in summer. If you’ve had depression before, you probably know that having a reliable routine is often key to staving off symptoms. But during the summer, routine goes out the window – and that disruption can be stressful, Cook says. If you have children in grade school, you’re suddenly faced with the prospect of keeping them occupied all day, every day. If your kids are in college, you may suddenly find them – and all their boxes of stuff – back in the house after a nine-month absence. Vacations can disrupt your work, sleep, and eating habits – all of which can all contribute to summer depression.

Body image issues. As the temperature climbs and the layers of clothing fall away, a lot of people feel terribly self-conscious about their bodies, says Cook. Feeling embarrassed in shorts or a bathing suit can make life awkward, not to mention hot. Since so many summertime gatherings revolve around beaches and pools, some people start avoiding social situations out of embarrassment.

Financial worries. Summers can be expensive. There’s the vacation, of course. And if you’re a working parent, you may have to fork over a lot of money to summer camps or babysitters to keep your kids occupied while you’re on the job. The expenses can add to a feeling of summer depression.

“This summer, we have worries about the economic crisis layered on top of everything else,” says Cook. “People are feeling more financially strapped. They’re wondering, ‘If I go on vacation, will the job still be there when I get back?’”

The heat. Lots of people relish the sweltering heat. They love baking on a beach all day. But for the people who don’t, summer heat can become truly oppressive. You may start spending every weekend hiding out in your air-conditioned bedroom, watching Pay-Per-View until your eyes ache. You may begin to skip your usual before-dinner walks because of the humidity. You may rely on unhealthy takeout because it’s just too stifling to cook. Any of these things can contribute to summer depression.

Tips for Coping With Summer Depression

What can help you feel better? What can you do to make this summer different? Here are some tips on taking control of summer depression.

Get help. It’s simple. If you think you’re getting depressed, no matter what time of year, get help. Talk to a therapist, like a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker. Or see your general medical doctor or a psychiatrist who can evaluate whether medicines for depression might be appropriate. Never take the signs of depression lightly. Don’t wait them out, assuming they’ll resolve. Sometimes, what started as summer depression can turn into a longer-lasting bout of major depression, Cook tells WebMD.

And even if your depression will resolve in September, that’s no reason to ignore it in June. We’re talking about three months of potentially avoidable misery. “A temporary depression can still be pretty awful,” says Cook. While the symptoms lift in a few months, the impact on your family and job can be permanent.

Plan ahead. Cook says there’s one advantage to a summer depression: you know when it’s coming. June is right there on the calendar. So if you’re feeling OK in the spring, think about the specific aspects of your life that become difficult during the summer. What will help prevent summer depression? What’s the best way to take time off from work? Would signing up the kids for summer programs or camp help relieve your stress? You’ll feel a lot more in control heading into the summer if you have plans in place.

Sleep. Vacations, summer barbecues, the short nights – they can all encourage you to stay up later than usual. But not getting enough sleep is a common trigger for depression. So make a concerted effort to get to bed on time.

Keep up with your exercise. Many studies have found that regular physical activity can help keep depression at bay. So even if it’s getting too hot for your normal activities, find other ways to stay active and head off summer depression. Start earlier in the morning or later in the evening, when it’s not so hot. Consider fitness equipment for the cool basement. If an annual membership to a gym is too expensive, consider joining one for a couple of months just to get you through the summer.

Don’t overdo dieting and fitness. Don’t kick off the summer with a frenzy of dieting and exercise in order to fit into last year’s bathing suit. It’s bound to make you unhappy and anxious. Instead, exercise sensibly and eat moderately. If you try an insanely restrictive diet, you probably won’t be able to keep it up. And that “failure” will just leave you more demoralized and worsen your summer depression.

Protect yourself. Don’t let obligations drag you down. Maybe you always host the enormous family barbecue on Memorial Day or the July 4 picnic. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, give it a pass this year. Ask another relative to host. Don’t risk pushing yourself into a summer depression just to live up to tradition.

Think about why. If you struggle with summer depression year after year, ask yourself if there’s a reason. Do you associate summer with a difficult time in the past – the death of a loved one or the break-up of a relationship? Have you had previous bouts of depression during the summer? Without even realizing it, you may have started to associate the summer with sadness – an association that gets stronger every summer that you spend depressed. If you do have some unhappy connection with the summer, sorting it out could help you break the cycle.

Talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication. If you’re on medicine for depression, and you find that summer – year after year – makes your depression worse, talk to your doctor about changing your dosage. Maybe he or she could up your dose in the late spring and taper it back down in the fall. It could really help head off summer depression problems, Cook says.

Plan your vacation carefully. Before you book your plane tickets or load up your car’s roof rack for your annual summer vacation, ask yourself this: Is this what you really want? Or is it an obligation you’re fulfilling to a relative? Will it make you happy? Or will it stretch your finances, stress you out, and make you fall behind at work? Consider alternatives. Instead of taking a whole week off at once, might it be better to take off several long weekends spread out through the summer? Would taking time off but staying at home – a “staycation” – be more relaxing? Don’t get locked into a vacation that won’t feel like a vacation.

Don’t beat yourself up. One thing that’s hard about summer depression is that you feel so out of step. Everyone else seems to be having such a swell time. You aren’t. You keep asking yourself, “What’s wrong with me?”

Try not to think that way. “So much of our misery grows out of the gap between where we are and where we think we ought to be,” says Cook. So stop worrying about how you feel relative to other people. Stop assuming that you’re supposed to be happy just because the calendar says it’s June. Instead, concentrate on what’s triggering your summer depression and how you can overcome it.

“Treatments do work,” says Cook. “Psychotherapy or medication can blunt the effects of a seasonal depression. Summers really don’t have to be so bad.”

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 09, 2017


Vacation Quotes:
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The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn't know enough to take a vacation.
Clarence Day

If some people didn't tell you, you'd never know they'd been away on a vacation.
Kin Hubbard

Too much work, too much vacation, too much of any one thing is unsound.
Walter Annenberg

I'm going to go away on vacation, I'm going to try to get away from the phone, away from scripts. I think it's important to sit back and think about what you want.
Parker Stevenson

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it.
Marcelene Cox

Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle

Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?
Zig Ziglar

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking.
Earl Wilson

My father liked doing carpentry work, construction work, in the summer vacation. And so my mother designed a cabin, a log cabin, like a - it was like a Swiss chalet. I was twelve years old, and my father and I built it on a rocky point peninsula out into Lake Superior.
John Lautner

My idea of a vacation is staying home and doing short day hikes, floating the river and things like that.
Tim Cahill

For me, the best vacation is just relaxing on the couch!
Scotty McCreery


Vacation Humour:

A big part of enjoying ourselves is laughter...

TBBT - Sheldon Tries To Choose A Vacation Spot

Uploaded on Feb 10, 2012

The guys trying to help Sheldon choose a vacation spot.

Michael Mcintyre - British People on Holiday

Published on Jun 19, 2016

Michael Mcintyre discusses what it's like to be a British person on holiday. No copyright infringement intended.

Category: Comedy
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Hardly Working: Vacation Day

Uploaded on Apr 23, 2009

Sometimes you just need to drop what you're doing and unwind.

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Your Rich Friend Who Travels All the Time (Hardly Working)

Published on Feb 19, 2015

Eat, Pray, Shut Up.

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Related Music:

Here's an eclectic selection of summertime music.

Let's go!

Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime (1968)

Uploaded on Jun 20, 2010

Ella Fitzgerald & the Tee Carson trio - Summertime (from Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin).

Category: Music
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Summertime Rolls - Jane's Addiction.wmv

Published on Jul 10, 2012

The originator of this video says: "I do not own the copyright to the music in this video, nor do I intend to profit from it's use."

Nor do we at UFF.

Category: Music
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Music: "Summertime Rolls (2006 Remastered Version )" by Jane's Addiction (Google Play • iTunes)

Cliff Richard - Summer Holiday

Uploaded on Jul 13, 2011

Cliff Richard and the Shadows - Summer Holiday

Category: Music
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The Jamies - Summertime, Summertime (1958)

Published on Jul 7, 2012

The Jamies were an American singing group
Single Released in 1958
Chart : Peaked at No.26 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1958

Lyrics :

It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime summertime...

Well shut them books and throw 'em away
And say goodbye to dull school days
Look alive and change your ways
It's summertime...

Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because it's summertime

It's time to head straight for them hills
It's time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

Well are you comin' or are you stayin
You saw it first and I won't complain
Hurry up before I change
It's summertime

Well I'm so happy that I could flip
Oh how I'd love to take a trip
I'm sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because it's summertime

Well we'll go swimmin' every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say,
"It's summertime"

And every night we'll have a dance
Cause what's a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive gets me in a trance
Because it's summertime
It's summertime

It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
It's summertime

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Lighthouse - Sunny Days

Uploaded on May 18, 2009

Sunny Days

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Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful

Uploaded on Aug 11, 2011

A 1966 hit single by Lovin' Spoonful. Written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone.

Category: Music
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Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime ORIGINAL 1970

Uploaded on Aug 17, 2010

This video clip was made in 1970, and is the original Mungo Jerry line up that recorded In The Summertime.

Category: Music
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Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues

Uploaded on Jan 23, 2012

Category: Music
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Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun

Published on Sep 17, 2012

Music video by Sex Pistols performing Holidays In The Sun. (C) 2012 Universal Music Operations Ltd.

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License

Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today (Live extended version)

Published on Dec 7, 2011

Category: Music
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Zombies - Time Of The Season HD

Published on Oct 8, 2010

"Time of the Season" is a song by The Zombies, featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. It was written by keyboard player Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 1967.

Several other songs from Odessey and Oracle were released as singles prior to "Time of the Season". Columbia Records supported the album and its singles at the urging of new A&R Rep, Al Kooper. One of the singles was the uncommercial sounding "Butcher's Tale", which Columbia thought might catch on as an anti-war statement, at the time a popular trend. "Time of the Season" was only released at Kooper's urging, after previous singles flopped, and made its breakthrough in early 1969, over a year after the band split up. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and #1 in Canada. It did not chart in the band's native Britain, although in mid-1969 it peaked at #2 on the South African hit parade.
The song's characteristics include the unique voice of lead singer Colin Blunstone, the memorable bass riff (which is similar to Ben E. King's hit "Stand By Me"), and Rod Argent's fast-paced psychedelic improvisation. The lyrics are an archetypical depiction of the emotions surrounding the Summer of Love. It is famous for such call-and-response verses as "What's your name? (What's your name?) / Who's your daddy? (Who's your daddy?) / Is he rich? (Is he rich like me?)" approximately 50 seconds into the track. Both stereo and monaural original releases contain vocal responses.
In 1998, Big Beat Records released a CD reissue of Odessey and Oracle containing both the original stereo and mono versions of "Time of The Season". It also featured a newly remixed alternate version containing instrumental backing underneath the vocals during the entire chorus. These instrumental backings had been mixed out on the original 1968 stereo and mono versions to create a cappella vocal sections.
Music critic Antonio Mendez called it one of the sublime songs on Odessey and Oracle.

"Time of The Season" is frequently used in pop culture to represent the late 1960s. In that sense, it is featured in the films 1969, Awakenings, A Walk on the Moon and Riding the Bullet, all of which depict the year of 1969. "Time of the Season" is played in the background of The Simpsons episode "D'oh-in In the Wind", in which Homer decides to follow the footsteps of his mother and become a hippie. In the South Park episodes "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" and "201" it is used in flashback scenes portraying the Vietnam War. It was also featured in the 2005 film Dear Wendy, it is also referenced in the final words of Dick's letter addressed to Wendy. The song was also featured on the HBO series, Big Love.
The NBC series American Dreams, which depicts the mid and late 1960s in American society, featured the song in its third season episode "So Long, Farewell". "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There", The Zombies' other major hits in the U.S., were also used in the show; the latter were included in the series' soundtrack.
It is also common for the song to appear in romantic scenes, as in the aforementioned film 1969. In the Friends episode "The One With the Flashback", the song is played in a dream sequence where Rachel fantasizes about Chandler. In the final scene of the Will and Grace episode "Marry Me A Little", it is used to represent Grace's joy after marrying Leo.
"Time of the Season" is also featured in a scene of the 1999 NBC miniseries The '60s. The song's usage in this particular scene was anachronistic, however, since it was supposed to portray 1965. The same is true of the film Shanghai Knights, which is supposed to depict 1887.
"Time of the Season" has been featured in several TV commercials, such as a 1999 Tampax ad set at the Woodstock Festival, a 2005 Fidelity Investments commercial, a 2006 ad for Sprite (in which a chorus of flowers with human faces performs an a cappella version of the song, a 2006 ad for Magners Irish Cider, and a 2008 Crest ad in Mexico. It was also used in the advertising campaigns of Nissan Tiida in Japan (2004), Greece (2007), and Russia (2008).
In sports, it was featured in "Free Your Mind", the 16th video in the Transworld Skateboarding series. During the 2006 playoffs, the song was played in Shea Stadium as the home-team New York Mets took the field.
The song appears on the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore and DJ Hero.
The song appears in the movie The Debt released in the U.S. in August 2011.
The song is regularly played with a psychedelic video at Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience on a four-block long Viva Vision overhead screen with a 500,000 watt sound system, the video titled Signs of Life.
The song was played during the 2013 supernatural horror movie The Conjurin.


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Uploaded on Jun 17, 2011

GOOD TIMES ROLL ― let the good times roll / let them knock you around / let the good times roll / let them make you a clown / let them leave you up in the air / let them brush your rock and roll hair / let the good times roll / let the stories be told / let them say what they want / let the photos be old / let them show what they want / if the illusion is real / let them give you a ride / if they got thunder appeal / let them be on your side

Category: Music
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K-391 - Summertime [Sunshine]

Published on Sep 5, 2014

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License


MOST IMPORTANT: Take the time to refresh, enjoy, rejuvenate, alone or in the company of others this Summer and beyond!


The Best Country To Travel To In 2017 - Lonely Planet

Published on Oct 25, 2016

The world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health. Marking 150 years since confederation, the elongated birthday party promises to be heavy on bonhomie and highly welcoming to international gatecrashers. Lonely Planet author, Celeste Brash, tells us more.

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Finally, if you have kids, here's a reminder of what's most important when taking time off with family...

What Kids Really Want From Vacation | Kid President

Published on Jun 30, 2015

Category: Entertainment
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