Summer is supposed to be an exciting time. You’ve got months of free time, the sun is out and there’s so much going on. But mental health can make the summer break hard, so here are some tips for looking after your mental health.
Create a Summer Routine
Sometimes school or college can provide the routine we need when our mental health isn’t at its best. But when summer break starts, our routines fall apart. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, it can be harder to get out of bed, to put makeup on or to engage in social activities.
If this sounds like you, then try and create a summer routine. Take advantage of not having to get up too early, but make sure you get up around the same time each day. Aim not to go to bed too late and set small goals for your day.
Summer is the perfect time to indulge in self-care. So paint your nails, get a massage or just sit down with your favourite book. Whether it’s 5 minutes with an iced coffee or a day spent exploring, do something that makes you feel good while you know you don’t have deadlines looming.
Dehydration has a huge effect on your mood. It can stop you from thinking clearly, make you feel sluggish and generally make you feel miserable. Staying hydrated is always important, but particularly in the hotter weather!
Take Advantage of the Weather
Just twenty minutes spent in the sunlight each day can really increase your mood, as can thirty minutes of exercise. Make it a goal to get out for a walk or a run every day or just sit outside and read to take full advantage of the sunshine. Vitamin D has been proven to have a positive influence on mood, so use the long days the best you can. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
Summer is a great time to reflect. Think about all of the things you want to do during the next year while you have the time, without school work getting in the way. Find new hobbies and look for support for your mental health if you’re in need. Doing this will help you have a better grip on your mental health and allow you to start college after summer with a newfound sense of self.
Rachel is one of the content writers and Mental Health & Lifestyle Editor for Tribe Twenty One. She is a mental health nursing student and German & Dutch graduate from England. When she’s not watching Netflix, studying or blogging, she’s at the gym preparing for a zombie apocalypse. Rachel lives for inspirational quotes.