For many, summer is one of the most exciting times of the year. The sun shines, the days get longer and you can enjoy much needed time off. However, it is important to remember to be mindful of your wellbeing during the summer months.
People can be affected by disorders during the summer months. This includes but is not subject to; seasonal affective disorders, body image disorders and bipolar disorders. These disorders can cause people to experience feelings of sadness, a lack of motivation, a loss of interest in activities, a lack of energy, sleep and appetite disorders, difficulty concentrating among much more. On one hand, the summer months have been known to improve mental wellbeing among individuals, however that is not always the case. Therefore, it is vital to consider what you can do in your daily life to increase your mood and motivation.
How can you take care of your mental health during the summer months?
Try to use the summer months to promote positive actions that prioritise your mental health. You can:
- Disconnect from technology
The COVID-19 pandemic led us all to depend more on our digital devices. This led to a decrease in the power of speech, physical presence, and interpersonal relationships. It is important to consider how important these elements can affect your wellbeing.
- Learn new things
Learning new things can help you to stay motivated and enthusiastic about the day. Setting small goals for yourself can increase your overall confidence and self-esteem.
- Take advantage of the weather
The summer months can often bless us with long days improved by sunshine. Try to get outside and immerse yourself in nature. Why not start a routine of daily walks, eating outside or sunbathing. Vitamin D has been shown to increase your mood and stamina.
- Create healthy eating habits
Implementing healthy eating habits can help you to establish a good relationship with food. Why not try to start cooking as a family, or for your friends. Eating well can improve your physical and mental health.
- Explore fun activities
The summer months can often encourage us to take part in social activities. However, in Ireland this can often mean going to the pub or drinking with friends. Why not consider other activities such as going to the beach, exploring hiking trails and picking up new hobbies.
By implementing daily measures that protect your mental health, you can be motivated to maintain your overall positive wellbeing. Try to think of how the summertime can provide you with opportunities to try new things and spend valuable time with those around you. Why not make this summer a time for trying new things and enjoying what the sunny months have to offer!