This piece was originally published by Driven Local on CIRCLE CARE Center's website on June 25. 2017. Triangle Community Center has a long-standing partnership with CIRCLE CARE Center, and one of the best ways to support your local LGBTQ community center is to access services available at CIRCLE CARE Center.
Summer is a three-month break from your normal routine. So while that idea is music to some young adults, it can be a bit mentally overwhelming for others. The unstructured nature of summer can make it hard for some people to maintain a healthy and productive day-to-day lifestyle.
So whether you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health issue, want to handle your emotions better, or are just looking to become a more positive person, here are a few ways you can start improving your mental health today.
HAVE A PART-TIME JOB
A part-time job is one of the best ways to keep teens and college students from boredom. Not only will a part-time job keep them on a regular sleep schedule (something few young adults keep during the summer), but it will give them a greater sense of purpose, their own money (which they can then spend on fun activities), and it will require them to leave their house.
JOIN AN EXERCISE GROUP
We all know that working out is great for your physical health, but it’s also incredibly important for your mental health. Exercising just a few times a week can reduce your stress levels, improve your sleeping habits, and boost self confidence — something that tends to be at an all time low among young adults in the summer.
AVOID DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
People often try to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. But in reality, substances only exaggerate symptoms and can make you feel more depressed and anxious.
SET A GOAL
We all have that one thing we’ve always wanted to accomplish, but never got around to doing. Whether it’s finishing a book you started months ago or learning a new language, setting a goal is a great way to keep yourself motivated and entertained over the summer.
Everyone has something to offer, even if it’s only time. Whether you’re interested in working with the elderly, children, animals, the homeless, or a civil rights group, there’s something out there for everyone. And while you’ll certainly be helping others, you’ll also be doing yourself a great service, as people who volunteer are more likely to be satisfied with their own lives.
GET AN INTERNSHIP
An internship will keep young adults focused and goal-oriented during the summer months. Not only will an internship give them real world experience, but it will also force them to leave the house and interact with others — key components for fighting depression.
KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP
While these are great tips to follow, they don’t work for everyone. If you feel like you’ve tried everything, but are still feeling depressed or anxious, speak with a mental health professional.
For patients receiving medical care at CIRCLE CARE Center, our Mental Health and Social Services provider offers individual and group counseling to support your emotional and physical well-being. If you want to learn more about the services we offer, give us a call at (203) 852.9525.