Boost your mood with these eight ways to improve your mental health and mindfulness this summer.
1. Spend Time Outside
Spending time outside has a strong potential to improve your mental health, according to Psychology Today. Exploring a new park or taking a walk in a green space has even been proven effective in reducing anxiety and depression. As Johnston Health puts it, “Our mind calms, leading to physical changes including a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.”
While spending time outside this summer, be sure to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for physically distancing while active. You can learn more here.
Plus, if you’re in Philadelphia this summer, check out our guide to the best Philly parks, and get your loungin’ on!
2. Attend a Virtual Event with DMAX
According to a recent study by Active Minds, 80% of college students report that COVID-19 is negatively impacting their mental health, resulting in feelings of stress or anxiety, disappointment or sadness, and isolation or loneliness.
DMAX Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to creating connections and conversations to strengthen mental health and emotional well-being for young people, is here to help.
They’ve announced “DMAX Students Speak!”, a virtual, interactive mental health storytelling series. At these events, college students share their personal mental health journeys and talk about the importance and impact of COVID-19, as well as the ongoing mental health crisis on college campuses.
The program is free and open to the general public, as well as to students. Learn more and register for DMAX’s next virtual event here!
3. Take a Meditation Class
Meditation is a great tool for managing stress and reducing anxiety. And, according to Headspace, “there are thousands of studies documenting meditation benefits, which can have a positive impact on mental, physical, and emotional health.”
You can try meditation online with one of the various classes being offered right now in Philly. Philly Mag’s got a great roundup of classes and studios to check out from the comfort of your own home. Try a few out to find your fit!
4. Stay Connected to Your Friends & Family
Invest in self-care by actively staying connected to your friends and family this summer. Strong family ties and supportive friends can help you deal with the stresses of life, and they can help keep you active, keep you grounded, and help you solve practical problems, according to the Mental Health Foundation.
Stay connected through social media, give a family member a call, or FaceTime with a friend—virtual dinner date, anyone? The WIRED team’s even put together a list of fun activities and inventive ways to socially distance while staying emotionally connected this summer. Check it out here!
5. Check Out Your School’s Wellness Group
Several Philly-area colleges utilize Instagram accounts dedicated to supporting students’ wellness, offering videos, tangible advice, and more helpful resources.
@BeWellTU on Instagram is focused on helping the campus community understand wellness and ways to flourish. They offer virtual programming to the Temple University community on IGTV, featuring guided mindfulness practices, supporting peers in recovery, celebrating body diversity, and more.
Reach out to your counseling center on campus for information on the services they offer!
6. Try Your Hand at Journaling
Journaling is a great way to center yourself by recording your thoughts and feelings. And yes, it’s true—there isn’t a “wrong way” to journal: You can create a visual journal by drawing or coloring, you can dictate your journal on a voice memo or in a video recording, or you could write on your laptop or in a notebook.
Regardless of your preference, journaling has been proven to be a great way to improve your well-being; it isn’t just beneficial to your mind, but it also helps your physical health, too, according to Psychology Today.
Learn more about journaling and get some inspiration for what your journal could look like with Rendezvous Mag’s 65 Journal Ideas, Tips, & Benefits.
7. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
People who exercise regularly feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives, according to The Help Guide.
For the former, CCD and Optimal Sport have teamed up to host Zumba® and Boot Camp classes for participants of all skill levels beginning Monday, July 13 through October 13. You can get more info about Center City Fit here!
And, for the latter, City Fit Girls is a community of women who share a passion and interest in fitness. You can get more info & learn about becoming a member here!
Not in Philly? Check out our Virtual Guide to Philly, which covers some of the best ways to break a sweat from your living room.
8. Reach Out to Us
Our team here at Campus Philly is always here for you. We mean it.
Whether you need help finding the right virtual yoga studio to fit your needs, or you need some guidance on finding the right people to talk to this summer, we are here to guide you—and to listen.
Stay connected with us on Instagram, and join us for Campus Philly Conversations every Wednesday at 3 P.M., where we chat all about building your career and finding your passion (and what makes you happy) in this new reality.
You can view the full lineup here, and sign up today for all the #realtalk.