Keeping Mental Health Afloat During Summer

By Hannah Garratt, MA, NCE Pending

Summer break! The time we have all been waiting for. It can be a fun time, but with routines
changing it can also cause stress, loneliness and isolation.

Here are six practical ideas to “put your floaties” on and help your mental health stay afloat this
1. Build a routine. With it being summer you may be tempted to get off a routine, but
maintaining it can help you stay balanced and help with your overall wellbeing.
2. Get outside this summer. Exposure to the sun increases levels of vitamin D and serotonin,
both which are shown to boost your mood.
3. Maintain a healthy sleep schedule. The amount of sleep you should get depends on your age,
but generally 7-9 hours is what you should be aiming for.
4. Relax and unwind. Take some time to go on vacation, if you can, or participate in hobbies
that you enjoy.
5. Stay physically active. This can help alleviate negative moods and help you create a positive
6. Practice coping skills and self-care. A few copings skills such as deep breathing, meditation
or creative expression are some good options!

If you need extra support this summer, we would love to hear from you! Give us a call at
847-854-4333 to set up an appointment