Mental Health Tips for a Happy Summer

Summer break is a time for fun, family, and vacations. For college students, it can also be a time of stress. It’s not that they have to worry about major projects or deadlines or final exams anymore. It can be stressful because you often go from living alone to back in your parents’ house and rules. You are also separated from your new found friends and often times, at a loss for something to do. If this is you, one area that you need to maintain is your mental health. If you are finding yourself a little stressed on your time off, check out these tips for mental health all summer long.

Reconnect With Loved Ones

The summer can sometimes be a bit boring for those coming home from college. Try to use this time to reconnect with family that you have been away from, and friends that you may not have seen in a while. Plan trips, perform activities, and just meaningful time for these people again. Staying connected on a personal level with others can sustain and even improve your mental health.

Get a Job

One of the worst things you can do for your mental health is to be sedentary. We are just not made to be inactive. Do yourself a favor this summer and get a job. You might meet some new people, you’ll keep yourself busy, and as a great bonus, you’ll earn a little money for spending or saving for college next year.

Exercise

Whether or not you exercised during the semester or not really doesn’t matter. If you were, then don’t let your routine fall by the wayside. If you weren’t, exercise can be a great way to boost your mood. Hit up the local gym to find deals on memberships for college students. By summer’s end you will not only have a better body, but a healthier mind as well.

Get Professional Help

Don’t forget that getting help when you need it isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength! If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out for assistance. Family, friends, or the help of a professional can go a long way in helping you maintain your mental health. Don’t be afraid of seeking out help for treatment or even just for prevention.

Don’t let the summer break become a source of stress in your life. Use these tips to stay healthy and happy and to enjoy your break all summer long.

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