Summertime: Fun and Healthy Ways To Keep Busy

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School’s out! It’s time for ice cream, BBQs, and lazy days at the pool.

And then?

After a while, the long hot days of summer can quickly turn boring. And far too often, the boredom and restlessness can lead to taking risks, like drinking or experimenting with drugs.

What to do?

1. Read for fun. OK, so that sounds too much like school…but even comic books or graphic novels can stimulate your brain cells. Check out Dare To Read for the Fun of It for this year’s best-of-the-best young adult books.

2. Find a hobby. Try something new and keep in mind that learning a new skill enriches your life.

3. Do odd jobs for neighbors. Offer to babysit, mow the lawn, weed the garden, or run errands for someone who can’t get around as easily. Why not earn a little extra money over the summer?

4. Volunteer. But money’s not everything. Find an organization you believe in and offer to help. Bonus: It might fulfill a community service requirement for school and look good on your college applications.

5. Sign up for a class. It doesn’t have to be algebra or health. How about a cooking class, swim lessons, or how to produce a video for YouTube? Check out local community colleges or community centers for classes near you.

6. Get moving. Regular exercise is good for your brain, body, and mood. You don’t need a gym—organize a basketball game in the neighborhood; get out your skateboard or bike; or find a new path or trail to explore. 

We bet you have some great ideas for keeping busy during the summer months. Share your best ideas with us and we may highlight them in a future Sara Bellum post.

Find Help Near You

Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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