Taking Care of Your Mental Health this Summer
For many of us, summertime means warmer weather, longer days, and relaxation—but for those living with mental illness, this time of year can be anxious and overwhelming. Fortunately, there are activities you can add to your routine this summer to help put your mind at ease.
Take a Social Media Hiatus
While social media can be an excellent way to keep in touch with friends and family and stay up-to-date on the latest trends, it can also be detrimental when it comes to your self-image. Remember that people put forward the best versions of themselves and their lives on the internet—making it difficult to compare yourself to their perceived situations.
Try taking a weekend away from your phone, spending time with loved ones to rid your mind of comparisons and to help you live in the moment.
Spend Time Outdoors
While sunshine is known to make many people feel happier and more energized, there is actually a science to support those claims. Studies suggest a connection between exposure to sunlight, the creation of vitamin D, and the regulation of mood disorders. So, take up an outdoor activity like yoga, gardening, or jogging to boost your vitamin D production and to elevate your mood.
It’s true that getting up and getting active can have a positive impact on your mood, self-esteem, and body image. Some of the many benefits that getting regular exercise can have on your mental health include:
- Improved quality of sleep
- Stress relief
- Increased energy and stamina
- Increased sex drive
- Increased mental alertness
Whether you aim to take a walk every afternoon before dinner or decide to dedicate larger chunks of your time to working out, introducing physical activity into your routine can help you lead a happier and healthier lifestyle.