Loneliness is in the air during summer. College students are home, working their summer job, and deprived of their late night Cookout runs with friends. They are no longer neighbors with their BFF and do not have the constant social community around them. Summertime can bring newfound sadness and stresses to the young adult’s life. Home can feel somewhat familiar and somewhat foreign. With a little bit of effort and exploration, you and your young adult will find that there are endless options available to avoid summertime sadness and loneliness.
Beat the heat and find happiness
Here are some great ways that your young adult can pursue a fulfilling and joyful summer experience:
• Take time to look into the array of extracurricular activities that might be meaningful and rewarding both in the community and at home this summer. Summer is the perfect time to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. Encourage your young adult to volunteer at the place they are passionate about. Motivate them to sign up for the yoga class they’ve always wanted to take. If they get involved in activities without being accompanied by people they know, this can be a good thing. They will be forced to meet new people they may not have met otherwise.
• Summer is the time to seek passions. All of us enjoy where we are much more when we have a sense of purpose and meaning in our days. Help your child to look into cool stuff like new hiking trails, parks and other green spaces, the beach if there is one, an art museum, or seek out local concerts and performances, or even a day trip. Help them build things to look forward to in their schedule. This will make them feel more productive and bring them a satisfied feeling.
• Unplug for a while each day. The immediate gratification you from a cell phone hinders one’s ability to find important answers from within. Your young adult needs to experience the world around them. It’s easy to wallow in self-pity after scrolling through pictures of friend’s carb-loading in Italy or snorkeling in the Caribbean. This can easily make us feel like our life is bland and unexciting. Your young adult needs to intentionally unplug from their phone at least an hour per day. It’s good for them.
Lonely loves company
Feelings of loneliness are normal. They creep up on everyone at some point in their lives. It’s what we do about these feelings that can determine our day or days. Constant work towards building your emotional muscle to combat loneliness is an important step in defeating these feelings. Loneliness won’t go away unless you do something about it. It loves young adults and sometimes finding their way out of the darkness is easier said than done. Talk to your child this summer and help them make the most of their summertime experience.
Journey Home East can help
Journey Home East is a transitional living program designed to help young women transition from long-term treatment back to the real world. The program welcomes young women ranging from 16 to 21 years old. Journey Home East helps students schedule for school, classes, work, and internships. Health coaching (diet and exercise, meal prep, cooking), life skills, relationship building, dating safety and personal safety are also a part of the curriculum at this program. Young women have the opportunity to develop a new sense of independence, confidence, and sharpen functional living skills that will help them to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives. We can help your family today!
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