While mental health and other social/behavioral issues can challenge lives all throughout the year, many make the excuse that they do not have time for counseling or other treatment options. Fortunately, as we celebrate the beginning of summer this June, Safe Harbor Christian Counseling encourages all individuals to revisit their mental health—and that of their loved ones—to see if this season is one that will be improved through counseling solutions.
If you have been considering counseling for yourself or a loved one, now is the time to explore these opportunities to healthily work through issues and identify possible mental health challenges. Here are a few reasons why:
• The Kids Are Out of School
For most parents, summer means having to adjust schedules as kids depart from school activities until the fall. This time off presents a great opportunity for parents and children to spend more time together, whether doing things outdoors or going on family vacations.
Those who have been dealing with household conflict, particularly that impacts children, may find that the summer is an optimal time to pursue family counseling. Without the worries of school schedules and homework, children and parents can focus on counseling and truly apply the lessons they learn to restore stability in the home.
• There is More Room to Focus on Partnerships
With children spending more time at home during summer break, it may seem that parents have less opportunity to focus on their personal relationship. However, with many kids attending day camp, going to overnight camp or taking vacations away from home with relatives—there is ample opportunity for parents to get back to basics with their marriage.
Although children play a major part of a marriage, couples counseling can prove more effective if each partner is afforded an opportunity to focus entirely on the other without distraction. If you have time away from work or your children, pursuing marriage counseling can be well worth the effort. Those who are unsure if they could benefit from couples counseling can use our Marriage Check Up tool as a frame of reference.
• Summer Temptation is High
Summer can bring about many new emotions for both adolescents and children. Individuals who are experiencing more freedom this season—such as teens on summer break—may find that social activities lead to greater temptations when it comes to substance abuse. Prevention of substance abuse is a major step in helping children and adults stay clear of addiction risks; if you have noticed drug or alcohol dependency in your child or yourself, counseling can be a great resource.
Typically, the summer will bring about many outdoor activities and encourage individuals to dress down in more revealing outfits or swimsuits. Whether hanging out at the community pool or vacationing on the beach, individuals who lack self-confidence may begin to develop negative emotions about themselves in response to how others look.
Summer can be a time when many young individuals—as well as adults—can feel tempted to resort to an eating disorder in order to quell body image issues. Fortunately, there are many counseling options that can help individuals develop better self-appreciation and make their health a priority.
Start Counseling Today
If you are ready to learn more about counseling options for the summer and how they can benefit you or your family, Safe Harbor Christian Counseling offers many specialized tracks under the care of trained professionals.
Please contact one of our representatives today at 1.800.305.2089 to find out how counseling can improve your life this summer and the seasons to follow.