Summer break is an exciting time, but there are a few things to keep in mind about your mental health while the business of the school year winds down.
- Caring for your mental health is a year-round priority. While your stress may be decreased during the summer (unless you’re still taking tons of classes), mental health issues and disorders do not take a break.
- Treatment shouldn’t also take a summer break. If you receive counseling services through the university, it may become difficult to coordinate these services while you are back at home. Reach out to counselors at home, or ask your current counselor for recommendations. This may only involve some self-care while at home.
- Look out for friends during the summer. Not only may it be boring and difficult to be away from friends, but if you’re friend’s aren’t around then there aren’t as many people to notice a change in your mood or behavior. It’s easier for students who are struggling to fly under the radar during the summer. Reach out to friends, even if that just means sending a “Hey!” over Facebook messenger.
What are you doing for your mental health this summer?