Embrace the Sun: Coping Mechanisms for Summer

Hey there moon child !

So, summer’s knocking, and you college stars deserve this break more than anyone. It’s all about recharging, reflecting, and soaking up those good vibes. But, real talk, summer has its own set of challenges. As a therapist, I believe in empowering young adults to develop positive coping mechanisms that foster personal growth and well-being. Here are my 7 techniques that can help college students make the most of their summer and create a positive foundation for the upcoming academic year.

Embrace Self Care

Summer is your chance to shine with some self-lovin’. Get into activities that make you feel good – exercise, eat well, and catch those Zs. Make your own self-care routine that suits you and make it a summer priority.

Connect with Nature

Let’s get out there! Nature is like a therapy session for your mind. Take a walk, have a picnic, or just soak in a sunset. Being outdoors reduces stress and amps up those feelings of calm and chill.

Nurture Hobbies and Interests

Summer = hobby time. Dive into things that make your heart happy – paint, dance, write, or jam on an instrument. Your passions are your superpower. Express yourself, and watch your well-being skyrocket.

Cultivate Meaningful Relationships

Summer is the perfect time to tighten those bonds. Plan hangouts, day trips, or heart-to-hearts. Building connections with your squad and fam brings a sense of belonging and major emotional support.

Explore New Experiences

Break out of your comfort zone! Try new foods, explore new places, maybe even dabble in some adventure sports. Summer is all about growth, confidence, and leveling up your awesome self.

Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation

In the college hustle, we often forget to chill. Summer is your chance to bring in some zen. Try meditation, deep breaths, or yoga to find your calm. Mindfulness reduces stress and boosts your mental game.

Plan for the Future

Summer isn’t just for lazy days. It’s also your time to prep for what’s next. Set goals, think about your career dreams, research internships, and polish that resume. By creating a roadmap for your future, you’ll feel empowered and motivated as you transition back into the college routine.

So, there you have it – your summer survival guide. Self-care, nature vibes, hobbies, connections, new adventures, mindfulness, and future planning – embrace it all. Summer is your time to shine, grow, and prep for the next chapter. Soak in the sun, be your awesome self, and let this season be all about limitless possibilities and good vibes. You got this!

If you would like to learn more coping mechanisms this summer, call me for a free 15-minute consultation at 512-522-2765.

As always, harness your moon child power