Your Summer Guide to Staying Mentally Fit

Summer means warmer days, sunshine, and a more relaxed way of life. This year though, your summer might be different than in the past.

On Our Sleeves has created a guide to help you maintain structure and keep your kids mentally fit.

Mental Fitness Challenge

Keeping our brain in shape is just as important as keeping our body physically fit. The On Our Sleeves team has 22 suggestions for you and your family to help you stay mentally fit. Choose a time that is convenient for you to start the challenge and come back every day for a new mental fitness challenge.

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The Power of Routines

Many of us feel bored doing the same thing over and over again, but for young children, repetition can provide a sense of security and organization that has many positive mental health benefits.

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How to Build Summer Structure

Creating structure around your summer schedule can make you feel safer, less stressed and more prepared. There are many easy ways to build this structure and still have fun all summer long!

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Mentally Fit Challenge

Work/Life Balance

Office life looks a little different these days with countless companies shifting to work from home status. Don't stress, you can still achieve great success from the comfort of your home. Our Employee Wellness Manager has some great advice to get you started.

Watch 5 Ways to Be Productive Remotely ›

The Importance of Getting Outside

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is beneficial for a variety of reasons for both adults and children. Most studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. Take advantage of the warm summer days and soak up some sun – just don’t forget the sunscreen! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Go for a walk together.
  2. Go for a family bike ride.
  3. Have a picnic at the playground.
  4. Have a cookout.
  5. Blow bubbles.
  6. Take a hike.
  7. Watch the sun go down together.
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Here Comes the Sun

Be sure to soak up the mental health benefits of sunshine! Here's what it can do for you.

Watch 5 Mental Health Benefits of Sunshine ›

Work on Relationship Building

Summer can be a great time to reconnect with friends and family - especially this summer when many of us have spent the past few weeks following stay at home orders. Take advantage of this time to take a walk with someone - but don’t forget to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others - or write a letter to someone. These simple things can improve your level of happiness and decrease feelings of loneliness.

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Crank Up the Tunes

Check out our newest On Our Sleeves playlist for some fun songs to enjoy this summer!

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