How To Take Care Of Your Mental Health This Summer

July 9, 2019

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Tips For Enjoying Your Summer And Keeping Your Mental Health In Check

Summer vacation is long anticipated by most people, but especially for those in a school setting, like students and teachers. Summer is synonymous with relaxing, soaking up the sun, and enjoying more leisurely days. However, some people with mental health issues report the summer can be tough.

People who struggle with anxiety and stress can experience difficulty with less structure to their schedules, the expectation to be "care free, and the pressure to be having fun socially.  It can become overwhelming.

Below are tips on taking care of your mental health.

  1. Move Around: Get your endorphins going by doing a workout outside - going for a swim, going kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and more!
  2. Remember To Set Goals: Setting goals is very important because it gives you something to reach toward. Make sure you reward yourself when you have reached your goal, because it’ll motivate you to do it all over again. It’s also fun to set goals with friends and family, so you’re working on a shared goal together at the same time. 
  3. Change Of Scenery: Sometimes going on vacation - a vacation of any kind - can be beneifical to your mental health. Just by switching things up, you allow your body to take in new things and become curious about the world around you. It will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged
  4. Go Outside: It’s scientifically proven that being outside, getting fresh air, and some natural sunlight is good for you both mentally and physically. Spending time outside can cause an increase in your seratonin levels, increasing your mood and overall attitude. 
  5. Focus On Mindfulness & Meditation: When you get stressed out, worried, or anxious at work or in another space,  remember to breathe and focus on something that relaxes you.
  6. Enjoy Your Time Off: When you have time off, it’s easy to get caught up in running errands, and doing stuff that you don’t particulary want to do. Prioritize activities you enjoy and eventually you will find time for the other things on your list.

Feeling the stress of summer? Use these tips to create a plan to protect your mental health enjoy your time off!

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