10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health Over the Summer
The need for continued positive mental health and wellness doesn’t take a break for the summer, and neither do you. In fact, depending on where you live, it is likely that your life gets a little bit busier at work, as coworkers take time off and people in town need the support of law enforcement more than ever due to higher rates of drinking and drug use in the summer, especially among young people.
Here are 10 ways to stay focused on your recovery and continue to work toward your wellness goals this summer:
- Spend time with sober friends. If the warm weather makes you feel like going out to a baseball game, a concert, or a barbecue, make sure to engage in the activity with sober friends. It’s too easy to relapse, especially in early recovery, when you are around a lot of well-meaning people offering you a drink or a joint. Sober friends can encourage you to stay strong in your recovery.
- Get out of the house. Too much time spent in isolation can be a trigger for relapse, especially if you feel that everyone else is out having a “good” time drinking and getting high. Getting some vitamin D via sunlight is a great way to boost your mood.
- Take on seasonal employment. Overtime may be available to you during the summer or you may choose to pick up some part-time work. If you feel like you will be bored and that could be an issue, fill up the time making some progress toward your financial goals.
- Do more than just work. You need to have downtime. It’s good for your psychological outlook and your energy levels. Take part in anything you enjoy as long as it’s not a trigger for relapse.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is a simple thing you can do to help yourself feel balanced. Of course, it’s not a fix-it for serious mental health issues, but dehydration can trigger significant physical issues, so it’s important to keep drinking water.
- Get good sleep. Similarly, a lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your mental health, your ability to stay sober, and your clarity on the job.
- Stay active in your recovery. Continuing to connect with your therapist, substance abuse treatment professionals, support groups, and mental health treatment doctors is essential during the summer and all year long.
- Continue with mental health treatment. If you are having an issue with symptoms or if your medication is not working the way it should, communicate that to your prescribing physician immediately.
- Focus on positive relationships. The more supportive people you have in your life, the more likely you will be to continually make progress in mental health and addiction treatment throughout the entire summer.
- Notice heightened stress levels. If you are having a hard time at any point, if you relapse, or if you are considering harming yourself or someone else, do not wait to ask for help.
If you find that you are struggling with staying sober this summer, reach out to American Addiction Centers. We offer a tailor-made program for police officers who are struggling with PTSD and/or addiction, a unique and highly rated treatment program that offers:
- PTSD assessment and treatment, as needed
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for clients who are struggling with trauma-related symptoms
- Interactive, motivational therapies designed to meet the needs of law enforcement in recovery
- Family support and assistance
- Reintegration support
Call us at American Addiction Centers now for more information.