Your Summer Guide to Staying Mentally Fit

The long summer days mean more free time and warmer weather. 

But for many kids, the lack of structure and routine can make summer a difficult time of the year. And during the summer, many children forget what they learned in school.

The good news is there are several ways you can maintain structure and help keep kids mentally fit.

Keeping Your Child Mentally Fit for Summer

Summer brings a lot of excitement for many kids, but sometimes it can bring a bit of stress as well since routines are usually thrown off.

Here are some tips to help find a balance for kids over the summer:
1. Develop a routine.
2. Limit screen time.
3. Maintain a normal sleep schedule as much as possible.
4. Get outside.
5. Enroll your child in an activity they would enjoy.
6. Allow some time to take a break and relax.

The Power of Routines

Many of us feel bored doing the same thing over and over again, but for young children, repetition can provide a sense of security and organization that has many positive mental health benefits.

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How to Build Summer Structure

Creating structure around your summer schedule can make you feel safer, less stressed and more prepared when going back to school. There are many easy ways to build this structure and still have fun all summer long!

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Avoid the Summer Slide

On average, kids lose a month or more of learning during the summer. We know that kids who are actively engaged in learning during the summer are better set up for success down the road. Here are ways to prevent the summer slide.

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The Importance of Getting Outside

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is beneficial for a variety of reasons for both adults and children. Most studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. It promotes creativity, teaches responsibility, provides different stimulations and a variety of other benefits. So take advantage of the warm summer days and soak up some sun – just don’t forget the sunscreen! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Go for a walk together
  2. Go to the pool.
  3. Go for a family bike ride.
  4. Have a picnic at the playground.
  5. Have a cookout.
  6. Blow bubbles.
  7. Visit the zoo.
  8. Take a hike.
  9. Pick strawberries at a local farm.
  10. Watch the sun go down together.

Plan a Vacation

Vacations don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Even just a day or two to unplug and focus on self-care and relationships can be great for mental health. Here are a few easy and affordable ways to vacation:

  1. Tour your own city.
  2. Go camping.
  3. Visit a national park.
  4. Go on a weekend trip.

Check out these resources for ways to plan a health and safe vacation:

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Work on Relationship Building

Summer can be a great time to reconnect with friends and family because people tend to have more free time and want to get out more. Taking advantage of this time to grab a bite to eat or take a walk with someone can improve happiness and decrease feelings of loneliness.

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Crank Up the Tunes

Check out our newest On Our Sleeves playlist for some fun songs to enjoy this summer!

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Get Involved in Summer Sports and/or Summer Camp

Getting involved in summer camp and summer sports is a great way to make friends and enjoy the outdoors in the summer time. Check out these resources for success:

Setting Up Your Child for a Successful Summer Camp Experience ›