5 Summer Activities That Can Boost Your Mental Health

The sun’s out, the temperature is rising, and… you’re feeling depressed. While people typically experience the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the fall and winter months, this condition can also cause some individuals to feel depressed in the spring and summer. Whether you have SAD or you’re feeling depressed for another reason, here are five activities you should consider to boost your mental health this summer:

  1. Head outside to try a new outdoor exercise like walking, swimming, or playing tennis (perhaps early in the morning to avoid the ridiculous heat).
  2. Create a summer playlist filled with upbeat, catchy tunes.
  3. Spruce up your home by planting some flowers (if you don’t have any outdoor space, try looking for a local community garden).
  4. Attend a local fair, watch an outdoor movie, or spend the day at a nearby pool.
  5. Pick up some fruits and vegetables from a local farmer’s market (and maybe even use them to try a new recipe).

Does Your Mental Health Still Need a Boost?

If you’ve tried the summer activities listed above but found that your mental health could still use some improvement, contact me today. I'll be happy to schedule an appointment with you. Once I’ve learned about the issues you’ve been experiencing, I’ll be able to recommend some strategies that are customized to your unique needs.