Summer Holidays

The summer holidays can be a time full of mixed emotions for everyone. Some people miss the routine of school and miss seeing their friends every day, others love having no obligations and the freedom to spend their time how they like. Some people will pack their summer holidays full of activities (or may have parents and carers who are always trying to keep them busy) while others will spend the days with very few plans and enjoy relaxing.

It is very likely that this summer will feel different than others due to the current pandemic and most things in our lives being far from ‘normal’. We thought we would take this time to think about ways in which you can spend your time this summer which will in turn help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. 

One of the best ways to look after your own mental health and wellbeing is to think about and include activities in your daily life which link to the 5 ways to wellbeing. Find out more about the 5 ways to wellbeing on our Staying Healthy page.

Below are some suggestions of things you could do specifically during this summer holiday period although you will likely find them helpful all year round. 

We have also included some links and information about events which we know are taking place in Wiltshire over the summer. If you know about any other events that you think we should be sharing with people here then please let us know using the Contact Us page.

Connect- this could be one of the more tricky ways to wellbeing to fit into your summer plans due to current restrictions but think creatively about how you can connect with people that isn’t just via social media.

  • You could try and meet up with friends family in outdoor spaces
  • Make time to actually pick up the phone and talk to those people you are missing the most. 
  • Think about ways you can connect with your family at home, you could play a board game, tackle a DIY project together or reminisce over summer holiday memories from the past.
  • Get outside and explore- here are some links to cycle ways and walking routes in Wiltshire which it may be fun to explore with your friends or family.

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-wiltshire-cycle-ways

https://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/top-10-highlights/top-10-places-to-walk

  • Try a new type of exercise- there are lots of videos on Youtube for workouts or examples of exercising you might not have tried before and the summer holidays could be the perfect time to have a go at yoga, dance or karate from the comfort of your own home.
  • Get outside and take notice of what is around you. If you take a walk around your local area and really try to take notice of what is around you, then you may see things you didn’t know existed or may also notice some of the Lockdown DIY projects people in your area have been working on!
  • Mindfulness activities are a great way to help our brains take notice more and to focus on what is important to us. Here are some links to websites which have lots of ideas about mindful activities you might enjoy.

https://leftbrainbuddha.com/mindfulness-for-teens/

http://mindfulnessforteens.com/

You will likely want to use your holiday time as a break from learning in the more traditional sense but keeping learning is great for your brain and overall wellbeing, especially when you achieve something you have been working on for a long time or something which is important to you.

  • Many libraries across the county may not be open as normal but they do have lots of ways you can access books online. This could be a great time to read books you actually enjoy rather than books you have to read for school. There are also a number of reading challenges linked below which you could take part in for that extra sense of challenge and achievement.

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-childrens-area

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

https://readingagency.org.uk/young-people/

  • Now might be a great time to learn a new skill, the following articles have some great suggestions of things you could spend this summer trying to master.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbsrkxs

https://www.kidadl.com/articles/new-skills-teens

  • Think about how you can do something nice for a friend, family member or neighbour- by giving your help to someone else you can make yourself and the other person feel better so this step to wellbeing is a win-win for everyone. 
  • Help out at home with cooking or cleaning, this could also help you learn a new skill at the same time-taking on two of the steps to wellbeing in one go!
  • Contact us- we are looking for feedback from young people about our website and young people who would like to help us create content. So if you have any thoughts about how it could be improved, anything in particular that you like or anyways you would like to contribute to the site then getting in touch with us via the Contact Us page would be a great way to give.

The links below will give you more information about summer events taking place in Wiltshire.