How to manage your mental health over summer

People often associate winter with poor mental health, but the prospect of months of boredom at home can also be pretty challenging, especially if you’re spending time away from your uni counselling service. Here’s how to stay positive.

Stay calm. Remember, it isn’t forever.

It’s so weird going from having a purpose, a social life, and unbridled freedom at uni to going to none of those things back at home. But remember, it’s not forever. Whether you’re going back to uni or starting a job or moving away in September – or even later than that – remember, this stagnation at home is only temporary.

Don’t compare your summer to others

Everyone’s posting a highlights reel. While it may look like someone has gone from internship to festival to holiday for the whole summer, the reality is likely very different. Loads and loads – the majority of people, I’ve found – are just as bored and struggling as you are.

Get outside as much as possible

Whether it’s just drinking a cup of tea in your garden or going for a long walk, try to get outside. Being indoors and cooped up all day is good for no one, especially if you’re struggling mentally.

Exercise

Proven to boost your mood through releasing endorphins, exercise is a great way to stave off both boredom and feelings of depression. Maybe you might want to set a target for yourself, but if you’re happy with a little jog every morning, that’s cool too.

Try to minimise your time spent at home

This summer, I’m trying not to spend more than one consecutive week at home. Even if I only go away for a few days here or there to break up the time, I’ve found it really helps to be in a different environment for a while just to gather my thoughts. Visit friends, pop back up to uni, whatever it is – if you can manage it, breaking up your time at home is a lifesaver.

If you’re really struggling, visit Student Minds for guidance. Or chat to your GP – in my experience, they can be really helpful.

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