5 Summertime Tips for Managing Mental Health Issues

5 Summertime Tips for Managing Mental Health Issues

The seemingly carefree days of summer can feel slightly different to those with mental health issues, especially when there’s a lot going on.

At Klarity Clinic, our mental health specialists offer comprehensive care for anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. We use innovative therapies like ketamine infusion therapy to quickly relieve intrusive thoughts, persistent sadness, and other symptoms, so you can enjoy a more fulfilling, active life.

Our providers also specialize in managing symptoms of hard-to-treat depression that doesn’t respond well to traditional medications. If your symptoms are interfering with your summer plans, we can provide the help you deserve.

If you’re just starting your treatment or considering ketamine therapy, there are still things you can do to protect your mental health this summer.

5 summertime tips for mental health management

The summer months can be a refreshing break for many. However, the weather and other summertime factors can have a larger influence on your mental health than you realize.

Here are five quick tips for staying mentally healthy this summer:

1.Give yourself permission to take a break

The summer heat can put extra stress on your physical health, leading to fatigue and overwhelm, which can aggravate any feelings of anxiety and trigger issues with depression.

If you feel extra stressed when overheated, take time to rest in a cool, quiet place. Also try to schedule any outdoor activities in the cooler hours of the day.

2. Don’t overcommit

There’s often a lot going on in the summer months. Avoid overcommitting yourself to friends and family for trips and other activities.

Accept invitations only for the events that interest you most, so you can find some balance. Be sure to schedule in downtime just for yourself to decompress after spending time with your loved ones on vacation, at picnics, and other family events.

3. Be mindful of your budget

In the age of social media, it can be difficult to live within your financial means. If you’re spending money you don’t have to keep up with everyone else’s summer plans, it can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Set a budget in advance, so you know exactly what you can afford. If you feel pressured to spend more than you can, speak with a therapist to learn how to set clear boundaries for yourself and others.

4. Stay connected

If summertime plans keep your friends and family busy, you might feel a bit more lonely than usual.

Be mindful about your tendencies to stay by yourself. Find other opportunities for social connection. This can include volunteering in your community or meeting up with your neighbors for a chat.

5. Practice good sleep hygiene

Since the sun sets much later in summer than in the winter months, getting good quality sleep can be difficult.

Try to stick to a healthy sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Also limit the time you spend using your phone and other electronics at night to give your body time to wind down after a busy day.

Our providers can also recommend other strategies you can use to protect your mental health and emotional wellness if you find the summer months stressful.

Call the Klarity Clinic office near you to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.

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