Mental health resources to help manage your wellbeing throughout the summer holidays – part of my ongoing content marketing work for RSCPP:
Managing stress throughout the school holidays
Originally published at RSCPP:
School’s out and the summer holidays are here! If you’re a parent, this can be a mixed blessing – while it’s a wonderful time to spend with your children, it also means increased pressure to keep them entertained all day, every day, as well as possibly adding to the daily balancing act of work and childcare.
As Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist Jan Baker says: “The thought of the school holidays looming can be enough to turn what should be a fun and relaxing family time into a stressful six weeks. While children might look forward to long sunny days, with no homework, and a few late nights, parents can soon feel under pressure to keep their children amused, and spend extra money that they don’t have, causing stress to escalate further.”
But the summer holidays don’t have to be an ordeal. We asked RSCPP therapists for their advice on making the most of summertime with the kids, without letting it take its toll on your mental wellbeing.
How to boost your wellbeing during the holidays
In our increasingly ‘switched on’ lives, it can be difficult to take a proper break and switch off during the holidays. The summer is an important time to spend with family and friends, soaking up mood-boosting sunshine, enjoying fresh air and exercise, and getting plenty of rest to recharge your mental wellbeing.
We asked RSCPP therapists for their advice on how to really give your mental health a boost over the summer holidays.
RSCPP’s top 16 summer reads on mental health
Whether you’re jetting off or planning a staycation this summer, you’ll no doubt want to make the most of the holidays to catch up on some reading.
Whether you’re after a self-help book, or inspiring memoir, to help you plan some changes for your post-holiday return to ‘reality’; an intellectually stimulating read on the latest developments and research within the field; or a bit of psychology themed fiction, we’ve put together a list of the 16 best summer reads on psychology and mental health, using recommendations from RSCPP therapists.
Managing eating disorders during ‘bikini diet’ season
Living with or recovering from an eating disorder is never easy, but there are certain times of year that can make it extra specially difficult. Over Christmas and New Year you may feel under pressure to over-indulge, while the summer holidays bring their own set of problems, with pressure from all sides to get ‘in shape’ for the holidays.
From media ‘bikini diets’ and ‘beach body ready’ advertising, to conversations with friends and family about slimming down for the summer, it can be incredibly difficult to resist negative body image and focus on maintaining a healthy diet and sense of yourself – particularly for women, but also for men struggling with eating disorders. We asked RSCPP therapists for their advice on how to manage eating disorders during the summer period.