After long months of cold and cloudy winter weather, summer is finally here. We can all look forward to enjoying the sunny weather, more hours of daylight, and warm nights. Though summer is often thought of as a time of carefree relaxation, it’s not always that way for everyone.
If you’re looking for some ways to unwind and enjoy the relaxation you deserve this summer, we have some warm weather ideas that have helped us through tough times.
- Find a park near you – Studies have shown that spending time outside near trees and grass is good for your body and mind. Look for parks in your area and plan a relaxing activity for yourself. Whether that means laying out a blanket and reading a book or having a picnic, or just taking a while to sit and relax, the fresh air will have a naturally calming effect.
- Go to the water – Fresh air at the park is great, but there’s no fresher air than what you’ll find at the beach or by the water, wherever you can find it. A nice breeze off the water and the calming atmosphere, sun shining. Same as the park, you can read, have a picnic, or even take a nice nap in the sun. And a great benefit of being in Michigan is that there is often a beach, river, lake, or stream nearby, even in the city!
- Take a walk – If you’re noticing a common theme here, it’s getting out and enjoying the nice weather. Getting outside on a comfortable day is always better for your mental health than sitting inside. The best thing about a walk is that it can be as long or short as you need. Even if you only have a short amount of time on your hands, you can still fit a walk-in. Walking has been shown to help collect your thoughts and ease your mind. So, if it feels like your mind is overloaded, taking a walk can help calm you down and organize your thoughts.
- Go to a public pool – How often do we get the chance to swim in Michigan? Beat the heat by going with some friends to the public pool and cooling off. It’s a great exercise to swim, which helps the body and mind, and it’s naturally relaxing. Even if you don’t like to swim, it still gives chance to kick back and lay down by the side of the pool.
Just because it’s bright and sunny outside, that doesn’t mean all is well. No matter the time of year, everyone needs a support system. If you’re going through a tough time and need help, or are concerned about a potential unexpected pregnancy, we can help. You are not alone, call (586) 783-9620, text (313) 583-9770, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the support you need.