A mental health expert’s advice on
Embracing all that summer has to offer is at the top of many peoples’ agenda, but after the last few years, there’s just as many people that’ll feel nervous about it. We’re here to help.
Thriving in the summer
We’re all much happier during the summer months – it’s probably safe to say that we all feel that. Holidays, picnics in the park, bbqs, sunshine, there’s plenty to smile about and raise spirits. The past two years have been tough for everyone, and 2022 finally gives us the opportunity to get back out there. But quite a few of us will feel daunted by the world having opened up again.
That’s why we teamed up with Sigrid, a singer-songwriter and pop sensation, to help you make the most of your summer. We spoke with someone who knows a thing or two about feeling anxious about things: Dr Sula Windgassen, a psychologist. She’s equipping us with some tips on how not to just survive a summer of socials, but to thrive.
How to feel confident making new friends this summer
It’s totally normal to feel nervous and a little anxious when meeting new people and being in groups. You might also be wanting to instantly feel confident. But take the emphasis off how you feel and put your focus of attention on enjoying and exploring the interactions you are having.
How to support your mental health when you’re super busy
When we’re having fun or have a lot to get through, it’s easy to forget to check in on our own bodily and mental health needs. Give yourself a chance to do this by creating moments of checking in: “how am I feeling?”
How to overcome FOMO
We have a desire to be connected and included. However, it can cause us problems when our mind assumes that we should always be included in everything and always be having the most fun!
How to deal with anxiety around socialising and making plans
Anxiety is often due to a fear that something we don’t want to happen, will happen. When feeling anxious, we pay more attention to that feeling than to our thoughts. You can tackle this by identifying what specifically it is you worry will happen. Sometimes by making this clear in our own minds, we can acknowledge it’s less likely to happen than we might feel.
How to support someone else who might be having a tough time this summer
A common effect of anxiety is for the anxious person to isolate themselves. If you notice this, find an appropriate time and space to gently ask if there is anything your friend is struggling with. Check in, offer moral support – it makes all the difference. Don’t pressure them to join everything, but equally encourage them to engage with things they feel able to. Sign post them to appropriate services such as their GP or NHS IAPT mental health services.
And remember. We’re always on-hand to keep skin healthy and happy, so that you can feel as good as your skin looks. You know where to find us.