Tuesday, 28 June 2016

"Schools out for summer"

Its that time of year where finally the holidays are in sight, be that because exams are over or the stressful academic year is coming to an end but what now? Many people with mental illnesses can find this particular period hard as there is no longer a structure to their lives and structure is incredibly important in recovery. In this post I will give you some tips that I have found helpful to ensure that your holidays won't be wasted and so that you can continue to feel good in yourself.


 Set yourself a routine, go to bed and get up at the same time. This is important as without a routine you can easily feel lost and time will pass very quickly without you having achieved anything. And we all know what sort of thoughts go with not achieving anything. It is a good idea to set a bed time and waking up time so that your body clock is also in a nice routine.


Get a job, whether that be full time, part time, or just one day a week, it will give you something to do during the week and it will also mean a little extra money. Working with a mental illness can be hard however as a sufferer of anxiety whilst I do find actually getting to work a little bit of a struggle, I do find that once I am there and I am comfortable again, I absolutely love working.


If you can't get a job start a project, be that setting up a blog or a Youtube channel or learning a new skill. A friend of mine has recently decided that over the holidays he is going to learn Greek, so use this long period of time to try something new.


 Get creative, play an instrument, scrapbook or paint. Being creative is a great for self expression but also a great way to pass the time whilst doing something constructive.


Don't spend all of your time in front of a screen. Not only is this bad for your health but is also a huge waste of time. Go out for walks, to the beach or to the woods, take in the fresh air and the vitamin D. (Unless you live in the UK which at the moment there is more rain than sun). Visit beautiful places and have picnics. There is so much more to life than what is inside a screen. Also going out for a walk will make you feel better than sitting on a sofa ever will.


 See your friends and family, its important to keep in contact with people. Socialising with positive people and having a good laugh is a great way to spend a summer whilst young, and laughing is the best form of medicine. 


Remember to have some time to yourself to really relax. Whilst its great to keep busy, take some time to be alone and to have a breather to look around and appreciate the things around you. Check out my 5 year diary post on how i have found an easy way to document the amazing things that i would other wise forget about.


 Finally, enjoy your holidays, whether you have 3 months, 6 weeks off or 10 days, it may feel like a long time but it will pass quickly so enjoy the stress free period, ready for a new start in September. 

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