Summer is one of the best times to get outside and enjoy the sun, warm weather and nature. It’s also a great a time to find things that help your mental health. Here are five simple yet effective activities you can introduce into your daily routine this summer that support your mental and emotional well-being.

1. Outdoor Exercise

Swap out your normal exercise routine for something that can be done outdoors, like biking, jogging or outdoor yoga. These activities not only get your blood pumping, but also help you soak up some vitamin D, which are both great for your mental health!

2. Nature Walk

Take advantage of the weather and explore the great outdoors! Try taking a slow stroll around your neighborhood or park or push yourself a little by going on a hike. Spending time outdoors and appreciating the nature around you can reduce stress and help boost your mood.

3. Gardening

Digging in dirt and tending to plants can be very therapeutic, especially during stressful times. Start a garden at home or find a local community garden that you can volunteer at. Not only does this help you connect with nature, but it can also help you make social connections as well!

4. Try a Creative Hobby

Expressing yourself creatively is a great way to boost your mental health. Activities like painting, writing and crafting are just a few simple hobbies you can try. Plus, these are great activities you can take outdoors to soak up the sun!

5. Spend Time Socializing

Find activities that you can do with friends and family or join a local club or sports team. Spending time with others can provide you with a sense of belonging and give you different perspectives on things that are going on in your life.

Summertime doesn’t last forever, so make sure to take advantage of all it has to offer while you can! Remember, though, to always take time to care for yourself and reach out for support when you need it – and don’t forget to apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of at least 30 to help protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays! If you are a current HealthLinc patient or are interested in establishing primary care at HealthLinc and want support from a behavioral health consultant, call 888-580-1060 to schedule an appointment.


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