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Summer Mental Health Tips:

Embrace the Warm Weather Safely

Dear Community,

As the temperatures rise, it's essential to recognize how the summer heat can both positively and negatively impact our mental health. Warm weather offers opportunities for outdoor activities, which can boost mood and reduce stress. However, without proper preparation, the heat can also lead to increased irritability, fatigue, and even anxiety. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the summer months while maintaining your mental well-being:

1. Mind: Challenge negative thoughts, reframe your view to embrace and take advantage of summer by scheduling activities you can only do in warm temperatures.

2. Commute: Prepare your car with helpful tools (weather-specific emergency kit), select spots on your commute that you look forward to (e.g., markers unique to your city that tourists enjoy), and schedule time to take the scenic route to enjoy the beauty of your community or road.

3. Home: Find ways to reduce your air conditioning bill during summer. Read articles on how to cool your home naturally, like the best times to close or open blinds, using fans vs. AC, etc. Limit heat-generating devices: turn off unnecessary electronics that generate heat and use energy-efficient lighting and electronics.

4. Work Station: Request a desk fan, close blinds to reduce heat, take indoor walks for stretch breaks, and use lunch breaks to change scenery and get some sun for a little vitamin D.

5. Dress for the Weather: Wear layers when appropriate; summer is the time for lightweight apparel. Move items you avoid in the winter to the front of your closet or box up winter wear entirely. This will save you space and time when selecting outfits. If you get cold during the day, pack a jacket or coat to warm up in air-conditioned buildings. Wear light, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen. Light colors reflect sunlight, keeping you cooler.

6. Stay Hydrated: Keep a water bottle with you and take regular sips throughout the day. Avoid caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks, which can dehydrate you.

7. Use Fans and Air Circulation: Use a fan to improve air circulation and remember to utilize air filters in your home or office. Position it to blow cooler air towards you or to help disperse heat. Remember to turn these items off at the end of your day.

8. Take Brain Breaks: Step away from your workspace briefly to connect with others and grab what you need to keep cool. During breaks, go to a cooler area or take a brief walk outside in the shade or indoors. Enjoy light snacks, fruit, water, cold/hot coffee, and more.

9. Cool Snacks: Consider packing hydrating snacks like fruits (popsicles, watermelon, cucumber) that can help cool your body from the inside during the day.

10. Close Blinds and Curtains: Keep the blinds or curtains in your workspace closed to block direct sunlight from entering your workspace, which can significantly reduce indoor temperatures.

11. Cold Compresses: Keep a cold compress or wet cloth nearby. Applying it to your wrists, neck, or forehead can provide quick relief from the heat.

12. Stay Cool on the Commute: Plan your commute to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Use air-conditioned transportation if available.

As a community, we must remember to take good care of ourselves. By intentionally incorporating some of these tips into our daily routines, we can stay comfortable and productive even during the hottest summer days. Let’s get better together.

Have a cool summer,

April Clay  

CEO & Founder  

Clay Counseling


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