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24 Ideas for a Mental Health Day this Summer - Add More Relaxation to Your Summer

Written by: Dana Wisniewski, M.S. | Health Promotion Manager of AdvantageHealth

Summer is a great time to relax and recharge, especially with the many vacations that are scheduled. Looking for ideas the next time you want to take a mental health day this summer? Which of these activities resonate most with you? Feel free to mix and match or suggest any additional preferences you have!

Spa Treatments

  1. Massage Therapy: Swedish, deep tissue, or hot stone massage.

  2. Facials: Hydrating, anti-aging, or cleansing facials.

  3. Body Treatments: Exfoliating scrubs, body wraps, or mud baths.

  4. Manicures and Pedicures: Relaxing hand and foot treatments.


  1. Books: A favorite novel, a new bestseller, or a classic literature piece.

  2. Magazines: Lifestyle, travel, or hobby-related magazines.

  3. Articles: Long-form articles on topics of interest.

  4. Poetry: Collections by your favorite poets or exploring new ones.


  1. Guided Meditation: Using apps or online videos.

  2. Mindfulness Practice: Focused breathing exercises.

  3. Sound Baths: Listening to soothing sounds or music.

  4. Visualization Techniques: Imagining peaceful scenes or outcomes.

Nature Walks

  1. Hiking Trails: Exploring local or nearby trails.

  2. Beach Walks: Strolling along the shore.

  3. Park Visits: Enjoying a walk in a local park or botanical garden.

  4. Forest Bathing: Immersing yourself in a forest setting.


  1. Hatha Yoga: Gentle and basic yoga poses.

  2. Vinyasa Yoga: Flowing movements connected with breath.

  3. Restorative Yoga: Poses held for longer periods for deep relaxation.

  4. Yin Yoga: Slow-paced poses targeting deep connective tissues.

Other Relaxing Activities

  1. Aromatherapy: Using essential oils for relaxation.

  2. Journaling: Writing down thoughts, feelings, or gratitude.

  3. Art Therapy: Engaging in creative activities like drawing or painting.

  4. Listening to Music: Enjoying your favorite calming music.

Since 2001, Minnesota-based AdvantageHealth has been delivering award-winning employee wellbeing programs and fitness center design & management throughout the U.S.

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