Tips for Summer Wellness
Arrange For Ongoing Care:
- Know that if you are not enrolled for Spring and Summer term classes, you may not be eligible for treatment at Counseling and Psychological Services during that time. Begin planning early so you don’t experience a break in care.
- Talk to your current provider about making a plan for staying well during this time. S/He can help refer you to another clinician that can provide ongoing care if you don’t already have a provider in your hometown.
- If you will be in the Ann Arbor area, you can search for resources on the Campus Mind Works website or use the University of Michigan Community Provider Database to find an area provider that accepts your insurance.
- If you will be traveling abroad, consider purchasing the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance Plan so you will still have access to care. Check the International Center website for more information. It may be necessary to contact insurance agents while abroad, so keep all relevant names, phone numbers, and policy numbers in a safe place.
- If you will be seeing a new provider, arrange for a release of information so they can access records of your prior treatment. Your current provider can help you with this paperwork.
- If you take psychiatric medication, talk to your current provider about managing your medication over the summer including arranging a prescription transfer to a pharmacy in your area.
- If you’re traveling, take along copies of all prescriptions and the generic names of drugs. Keep medicines in the original labeled drugstore containers.
Take care of yourself:
- Keep a regular wake and sleep schedule even if you aren’t taking classes.
- Exercise and eat well.
- Limit your alcohol consumption, which can often make psychiatric symptoms worse.
- Make a plan to connect with support people nearby and to keep in touch with your campus supports.
- MTV has developed a site with ideas on how to connect specifically for those college-aged: www.halfofus.com
- Consider tracking your mood using a tool such as www.mood247.com (text and web) and consider sharing with supports.
- Play, engage in an activity that provides the satisfaction of mastery unique from academic achievement.
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