Saying Goodbye to Summer

By Erica Cramer, LMSW

For most people, summer is their favorite season. The warm weather often inspires people to try different things, meet new people, and travel to interesting places. Despite the many positive aspects of summer, it also presents challenges regarding boundaries and self-care. Some people struggle declining a beach trip they cannot afford or don't give themselves enough time in their apartment decompressing. To make the most out of the last weeks of summer, I suggest the following:

  1. Find time to relax. Things in the city are much quieter and work is often less busy over the summer months. Take advantage of summer Fridays or uncrowded streets on the weekends. Do things that you enjoy but usually do not have time to do. See the museum exhibition you always wanted to see or have lunch outdoors with a friend.
     
  2. Learn to say “no.” Just because the weather is warmer, it does not mean you can do everything. If someone asks you to do something and you do not want to it, simply say no. Sometimes it is best to say why you are declining an invitation first and then actually decline it. Also, if you would like to spend time with that person you can think of an alternative option that you would prefer to do instead.
     
  3. Take advantage of the outdoors. Nature can be extremely therapeutic (especially when you live in a city known as “the concrete jungle”). Whether you prefer taking a walk in a park or escaping the city for the day, both options can prove beneficial to your mental wellbeing. Seeing different scenery can help you reflect and see things from a different perspective.
     
  4. Know your limits. Everyone needs to do different things to take proper care of their mental and physical health. Know what you need to do to feel good about yourself and ensure that you set aside time to do it.
     
  5. Clean your surroundings. Summer is a good time to get organized and get rid of unnecessary things. Take advantage of downtime in the office to clean your desk or a relaxing weekend at home to clean your apartment. Although cleaning can sometimes be annoying, you will likely feel better after it is done.

Erica Cramer is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. If you would like support in prioritizing and taking care of your mental health, contact Cobb Psychotherapy and see how therapy can help.