Get some much needed rest. The school year is generally filled with classes, athletics, internships, or other sorts of experiences. This can build long-term stress. It is important for both high school and college students to use the summer as a time to alleviate this stress and focus on positive mindsets and healthy daily living activities. Balance your schedule with fun, interactive, or engaging activities.
Stay connected with your friends. For high school students, this could be your last summer at home before you leave for college. It is common for students to lose touch with their friends; however, maintaining communication during the summer can help maintain these relationships and can minimize social loneliness at the end of the summer. For college students who return home for the summer, it can be easy to lose touch with people you are used to seeing every week. It is important to maintain the strength of these friendships through the summer, where distance can create a barrier.
Stay physically active. Students are active and busy during the school year, whether it is formal engagement in sports, doing activities with friends, or walking to class every day. When home for the summer, it is important for college students to keep activity as part of their routine. This is helpful for health, mental wellbeing, and overall functioning.
Get an internship or work experience. The summer can be a good time to get a job! Internships or work experiences can build your interest in careers, bolsters your resume, and helps you save money for the next school year. When students obtain internships or work experiences, they can also enhance their financial literacy, attitudes towards money, and financial decisions.
At Restorative Psychological Services, we can help you figure out your summer transition! Psychotherapy is a good place to get started with a plan as well as to work through additional stressors that could be added as summer progresses.