The lazy days of summer are almost here but for some the season is more like a rushed nightmare - a therapist offers tips for staying "mentally fit".
Parents have to arrange daycare for children who are out of school, attend baseball, soccer and softball games. There are swimming lessons, vacations to plan, transportation to and from events and the list goes on and on. That is where Tim Hron, a mental health therapist with Alegent Health Associates in Omaha, can help. He says with everything going on it is important to stay mentally fit and one of the best ways to do so is going back to the basics.
"Eating healthy. Drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest go a long way in keeping mentally fit. Also, remembering as summer approaches us and as weather permits, just getting outside and being physically active is an easy way to relax that promotes healthy living."
Hron says once physical needs are taken care of, making a schedule of events and activities can help.
"Being mindful of balancing all of the life's responsibility of work and family and all the activities that go along with family. Make sure to find time for yourself to relax, especially with what you find enjoyable."
Hron says with the rush of the day over, it could be helpful to turn off the electronics and head to your own back yard for a bit of peace and quiet.
"Unplug is a good way to put it too. Getting outside and socializing with your neighbors. Just being flexible with your schedule and do the spur of the moment, "lets go outside and do this or that", create some of the best opportunities to not just connect with your family and neighbors, it is good for you emotionally. I think we all need that."
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