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Kooth Summer 2022

School will soon be out for the summer, but Kooth is still there whenever you need them.

Here are 5 top tips for maintaining good mental health over the summer period:

Connect with friends or family to beat feelings of loneliness

Stay active - doing something active (brisk walking, cycling, swimming, running, playing tennis, dancing, skateboarding - whatever you enjoy!) for 30 minutes a day is fantastic for maintaining good mental health. It gets your endorphins going, boosts your mood and raises self-esteem.

Get outside - there are loads of benefits to getting outdoors, even just for a little while! Just being outside is enough to noticeably lower our stress levels. In fact, the power of nature for our wellbeing is so great that even a picture of a calming natural scene can be enough to create positive feelings of wellbeing! Spending time in nature has also been shown to have strong benefits for those with diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and being outdoors promotes a sense of calm. For those who find crowds stressful or struggle with sensory overload, the peace and quiet of nature provides an excellent solution.

Be creative - doing something creative can help create a sense of calm, allow you to express yourself in a different way, takes your mind off of things that are worrying you, and provides a relaxing distraction to lower stress levels.

Make a plan - use this time to relax, unwind, reassess your priorities, plan out your time to try a new activity, learn a skill, achieve a personal goal (no matter how big or small), or maintain a healthy routine with a good sleep schedule.