Although it’s often said that winter is a more challenging time for our mental health. With the reduced hours of sunlight, long dark evenings and cold wet and miserable weather. However Summer actually comes with its own set of challenges too.
In the summer we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have the “greatest summer ever”. To have the most Instagramable pictures, the “perfect” summer body and not to mention the pressure of keeping the kids entertained for six weeks.
Here you’ll find a few pointers and tips of how you can still enjoy your summer break but boost your mental health at the same time.
Take care of yourself
When was the last time you saw your Dr? That annoying cough you’ve had for weeks, that rash that keeps flaring up? Perhaps you’re worried about your energy levels? Taking care of your mental health means looking after your body too, so head to your GP and make an appointment and have a full health MOT. It’s a great opportunity to raise any questions you’ve been harbouring too. And don’t neglect your teeth either. Make an appointment to see your dentist and have your oral health checked. Even if there’s no immediate concern, a descale and polish will not only make your teeth sparkly, but give you a boost too.
It might sound a little cliché – but a problem shared really is a problem halved. You don’t even have to have a problem to benefit from talking – just getting out, and socialising with a friend, family member or colleague always makes us feel better. It can be difficult when you’re a busy mum to find the time to socialise, so if you’re heading out with the kids, why not invite a fellow mum along? Or when you and your partner are doing the dishes after dinner, let the conversation develop naturally. If your troubles are rooted deeper, then don’t be afraid to ask for professional help. Speak to your
GP if things are getting on top of you or contact the Samaritans – 116 123 – who can offer you support directly.
Get out into nature
With the brighter days and nicer weather to enjoy, getting out and about is a little easier than during Winter. So, try your best to head out into nature. A local park, woodland, the countryside or a quieter end of the beach; it’s been scientifically proven that surrounding ourselves with nature reduces stress and calms our heat rate. Give it a try – why not make a day of it and take a picnic too.
Find time for you
The sun rises earlier in the summer time, so why don’t you give it a go too? Rising early means that you’ll have a little extra time in the mornings. Allowing you to enjoy an actual hot drink, freshly cooked toast, a few pages of the book you’ve been trying to finish all Winter, or maybe just some peace and quiet before the children wake up!