Summer Months Conduct Face to Face Check-Ins with Your Loved Ones
Summer is upon us, and that means different things to different people. For many, summer is a time full of joy, sunshine, and fun vacations to help relax and recharge. For others, however, summer months can be a lonely, and even isolating time, especially for those struggling with mental illness. It is important to conduct fact to face check-ins with loved ones during a potentially difficult season.
The heat, and effects of seasonal changes can work to exacerbate existing mental health conditions, and can even bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) leading to signs of depression. Affected individuals may find it difficult to perform daily tasks as they struggle with a mental health issues.
Some cues are physical, such as in their physical appearance, while others may be heightened levels of anxiety, anger, and/or depression.
Simple Ways to Help Loved Ones Affected by Mental Illness
Often, one of the most important gifts we can give is our time. Whether it’s a face to face visit or a weekly phone call, these small gestures enable us to spend time with the ones we love. And they also provide an opportunity to watch for signs that a loved one need our help. Some of the ways to stay involved and informed are:
- Schedule a regular visit or phone call
- Take advantage of publicly available resources such as those offered by NAMI
- Don’t be afraid to have an honest discussion about how they are doing
- Stay alert to their physical appearance and living conditions
Timely intervention can be critical in helping those living with mental illness. By staying connected with loved ones, we can ensure being there when they need us.