How can I improve my mental health this summer? Summer can be tumultuous as a parent, especially if your mental health typically develops during the school year. For others, summer vacation is a mental health booster with more duties and more vitamin D. If your emotional well-being is important all year round, take control now to ensure it doesn’t change. Here are some ways to improve and maintain your mental health through self-care between June and August.
Regardless of the season, maintaining your mental health should always be a priority. I find myself on a roller coaster of emotions during the summer with a mix of low stress and high stress depending on our plans. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who feels out of control in June, July, and August. According to experts, some people experience more stress and anxiety due to sleep deprivation, stress from the weather and the pressure to make the most of the summer months.
How can I improve my mental health this summer?
There is nothing worse than missing out on a chance to make a beautiful summer memory because of poor mental health. For example, why do I stress myself out in the days leading up to a trip? Even if packing for a family of five can be messy, there’s no reason for over-the-top emotions to creep into a vacation. The solution is to let go of your emotions the moment they enter. Vacations are meant to be fun, but don’t pack stress and anxiety!
8 self-care tips for mental health this summer
I’m looking for ways to stay calm so I can fully enjoy making memories with my family this summer. Good mental health starts at the source with a conscious effort to take care of yourself, inside and out. Here are 8 June-August ways to improve and maintain your mental health through self-care.
Stay hydrated. Did you know that dehydration can cause stress? And when your body is stressed, you experience depression and anxiety as a result – so drink all that water this summer.
See sunlight on your face (for a few minutes). Even though it’s hot and humid, make a point to go outside in the summer. Exposure to sunlight helps increase serotonin (a mood-regulating hormone). Don’t forget your sun protection and limit the hours outside when the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 2 pm.
Keep your sleeping area cool so you can get enough sleep every day! If you don’t have air conditioning, place a fan next to your bed or place an ice pack under your pillow. Another tip: take a cold shower before bed!
Make a summertime playlist of your favorite songs. Pick up a new book at the library. Music and literature lower stress levels in the brain!
Spend time off social media. Sign up to avoid the negative addictive effects of technology.
Limit alcohol and junk food. Hangovers don’t always come from alcohol – high fat/high sugar foods can make you feel low too!
Wear clothes that surprise you – and not what you should wear. Don’t like bikinis? Don’t wear one. Hate shorts? Don’t wear them. A bad outfit can ruin a good mood!
Make an appointment with a mental health care professional. If you are worried, anxious, depressed, sad or just not yourself – never hesitate to talk to a therapist. Therapy is completely normal and can be life changing in a positive way.