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More Summer Self-Care

Super hot temperatures, mosquitoes and sunburns! Summer can be a challenging season. Here are some tips for summer self-care.

Green therapy is all about having plants and nature in your life. The calmness it brings when living around plants and enjoying nature can be rejuvenating and relaxing. Go for a walk or get yourself a plant and give it a try!

You might have extra time now that school is over, use your extra time to start a journal. Journal idea: write down one thing you are grateful for each day. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed try something new. Leave the city and spend some time just laying out and watching the stars as they appear in the sky.

Savour the nice weather by having a picnic at the park.

You might have developed some unhealthy habits during the school year. Summer is the perfect time to pick up new healthy habits, work on one goal at a time. If you start now you will have a new well-established routine just in time for school!

You don't have to spend a lot of money to create a comforting outdoor space. Add pillows, speakers for music and some flowers in small pots. This can be your spot to relax this summer! Here are some great DIY projects to get you started.

Make a standing appointment for an outdoor walk with a friend or co-worker. Green spaces can be invigorating and reduce stress.

The Vitamin D we get from the sun is important for our mood. Remember not to overdo it. Drink lot's of water and find shade every now and again.

Moving to school and back can be disruptive. Make sure you have equivalent mental health supports set up in both places so you can continue to work on your goals. Sign a release so your school counselor and your home counselor can communicate.

Hard times can hit unexpectedly, even in the summer. Download the #Free Be Safe app on your phone to help you make decisions in a crisis. You can also print your Be Safe Personal Safety Plan.

Feeling bummed because you can't go away for vacation this year? Take a day trip or go somewhere new in your community. You will still have fun and feel refreshed.

Head to the park with some of the toys you loved as a kid: skipping rope, chalk, bubbles, etc. Let out your inner child!

Give yourself a vacation from technology by turning your phone on silent or turning your notifications off.

Get refreshed this summer by trying something new.

Warm weather = more parties. Plan ahead before you party by playing Getting High?.

If you are home for the summer and your bedroom reminds you of hard times rearrange it and make new memories.

Some people find that their sleep schedule changes during the summer, they find themselves staying up later. You can help ease your way into sleep by doing a before bed mediation.

Moving back home for the summer gives you the time to catch up with friends, but this can be exhausting. Be sure to carve out some alone time so you don't wear yourself out.

Summer is often seen as a happy time of year. You might feel pressure to be "happy" in the summer. Ignore that! Your feelings are valid, do what you need to do to take care of yourself.

The summer is a great time to work towards your goals. Try to find a volunteer or work position that can add to your resume or build your confidence.

It's warmer outside and this means that you might not be able to hide self-harm scars. Prepare yourself for this, make a plan for how you will address any questions you might get. Remember your scars do not define you. So try not to be ashamed to wear them on your skin.

Sometimes you build a supportive group of friends at school and it can feel lonely when you move home for the summer. Try to keep in contact with friends or call your local support line, their whole job is to support you! 

Summer can be a difficult time for those of us struggling with body image issues and eating disorders. Know that you are not alone. Reach out to your friends and family for support. Also follow body positive accounts such as bodyposipanda and #effyourbeautystandards.

Moving back home can bring up past conflicts and dynamics. Remember that you are a different person now. Don't beat yourself up if you get caught up family drama. Schedule self reflection time, maybe you can try a new approach.

Music festivals are a big draw during the summer. Make sure you are prepared. Here are some great tips to help you stay healthy while having fun at music festivals.

You might have started a new summer job. This can be a stressful experience. Get the most out of it with these helpful tips.

Set three levels of priorities: things I must do, should do (but it can wait) and ones that can wait indefinitely. Having a visual of your list can help you feel more productive.

Plan a random get-together. Pick a theme and have everyone bring something to share. Just have fun! Summer flies by so don't forget to plan!

Take some time to read. Read a book you've read before, or grab a new one. Reading can be a nice distraction and take you on a journey.

Breathing break! Take a few moments to take the time to breathe through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. Take at least a couple minutes to destress!