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  • Writer's pictureFrances Hammel-Kampus

Why Summer Vacation Is The Perfect Opportunity To Invest In Your Mental Health

Summer vacation is a wonderful time for carefree days and a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As the days stretch longer and your schedule frees up, it's so nice to settle into relaxation. 


Those slower moments present a golden opportunity to prioritize your mental health. 


Summer vacation is the perfect time for proactive self-care and skill-building, setting the stage for resilience when life's challenges do come up. Embracing June, July, and August as a time to nurture your mental well-being can help you in the long run, and honing new skills or deepening existing ones boosts confidence and equips us with a way to navigate future obstacles.


Why Summer Vacation is the Perfect Opportunity to Invest in Your Mental Health

The Importance of Therapy and Skill-Building


Therapy and skill-building aren’t quick fixes but long-term investments in your mental health. Therapy, in particular, offers a safe space for self-exploration, allowing us to learn about ourselves and get some healthy coping mechanisms. This process of self-discovery can lead to a deeper understanding of yourself and how you react in certain situations, paving the way for improved mental well-being in the long run.


Skill-building equips us with a toolkit of strategies—like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and effective communication—that can boost your resilience. By investing in these practices during moments of calm, like summer vacation, we can cultivate a stronger sense of self and lay a sturdy foundation for navigating the ups and downs of life with grace. These skills also enhance your ability to build healthier relationships and achieve personal growth, which can ultimately lead to a more fulfilling life.


Using Downtime Wisely


As the pace of life slows during the dog days of summer, we are given a beautiful gift: ample downtime. 


Rather than squandering this precious resource on mindless distractions or additional screen time, you can seize the opportunity to invest in yourself. In these moments of quiet, you have the chance to turn inward, reflect, and nourish your mind and spirit. 


Whether through journaling, meditation, or making an effort to savour the present moment, each act of self-care is a small but significant investment in Future You. The idea of resolutions usually comes up at the beginning of the year, but maybe you could set one for the summer—to use your downtime wisely, cultivate habits that replenish reserves, and build resilience for the road ahead.


Building Resilience


Resilience, the ability to bounce back from adversity, isn’t a trait we're born with. It’s a skill we can build over time. You could think of resilience as a muscle - the more we exercise it, the stronger it becomes!


Prioritizing your mental well-being during the serene days of summer is like hitting the gym for your mind. Each therapy session or new skill acquired is like a rep in this mental workout, building your capacity to face challenges head-on and emerge stronger on the other side.


Engaging in activities that promote self-awareness, like journaling or meditation, further enhances your resilience. These practices help us stay grounded, recognize our triggers, and develop constructive responses to stress. 


Another wonderful thing to consider? Connecting with the supportive people in your life! Nurturing those relationships can provide a valuable network of encouragement and strength.


Practical Strategies for Summer Self-Care


Now that you understand the importance of proactive self-care and skill-building let's explore some practical strategies for incorporating these practices into your summer routine. First and foremost, we recommend carving out dedicated time for self-reflection and relaxation. Whether it's a daily meditation session, a leisurely walk in nature, or a quiet moment with a good book, prioritize activities that replenish your soul. 


Also, consider seeking professional support through therapy. Many therapists (like our team!) offer flexible scheduling, making it easier to prioritize your mental well-being throughout the summer. 


And don't underestimate the power of skill-building activities such as journaling or learning a new hobby. These small yet impactful steps can lay the groundwork for long-term health and happiness.


Nurturing Emotional Well-Being


Emotions, like waves at the lake this summer, ebb and flow, and it's perfectly normal to experience a range of feelings, even during the most idyllic of seasons. Take a moment to check in with yourself regularly. How are you feeling? What do you need at this moment? Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially during times of struggle or uncertainty.


And don't hesitate to reach out for support when needed. Whether it's confiding in a trusted friend, seeking guidance from a therapist, or simply allowing yourself to be vulnerable, remember that you’re not alone on this journey. Building a support network and leaning on others can provide the comfort and strength needed to navigate tough times.


Planning Ahead


As we invest in our mental well-being during the tranquil summer days, let's also look ahead to the future.


When the summer draws to a close and the September Long Weekend looms, we encourage you to reflect on the skills you cultivated and the insights you gained.


Then, ask yourself: How can you continue to prioritize your mental health and well-being beyond the summer months? Perhaps it's scheduling regular therapy sessions, committing to daily self-care practices, or setting boundaries to protect your emotional space.


Whatever it may be, remember that the journey to resilience is ongoing, and we’re here to help.

To find out more about the help we offer, feel free to get in touch or book your first appointment.

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