Tending to Mental Health During the Loss of Schedules 

June 9, 2022

School is out! Now what? 

Summer is the season that most people look forward to. It includes warmer weather, pool days, sleeping in, vacations and so much more. What better way to boost someone’s mood? However, the aspects of summer do not always bring joyous experiences. The extrinsic values are present to the eye, but intrinsically, people can struggle with this shift from the school year. 

Although summer accounts for more free time, the loss of structure can affect the mental health of all ages. 

More specifically, children living with ADHD may experience worsening symptoms throughout the summertime. Through the loss of structure, compliance to taking medications, loss of sleep and loss of exercise may result. Therefore, it is important to sit down together to share goals and expectations for the summer months. 

Kids may also face higher levels of anxiety or depression during summer. Losing a schedule can cause tension and irritability when children become bored or restless. In addition, summer can decrease social interactions with friends from school. This can produce symptoms of depression based on loneliness and isolation. 

Although, children are not the only ones who may struggle when schedules are lost. This transition can affect adults as well. The pressures of working while managing children at home can take a toll on one’s mental wellness. 

How can these potential concerns be resolved? Here are some tips to maintain a consistent schedule this summer for varying ages:


  • Set play dates
  • Participate in a summer camp 
  • Get involved in a sport 
  • Exercise outside 
  • Get adequate sleep 


  • Find a summer job
  • Volunteer
  • Spend time outside 
  • Get enough sleep 
  • Meet up with friends 

College Students: 

  • Find a summer job
  • Find a summer internship 
  • Work on educational goals 
  • Spend time outside 
  • Set a good sleeping schedule 
  • Connect with friends 


  • Prioritize vacations days 
  • Make the most of the weekends
  • Spend time outside
  • Get enough sleep 
  • Set an exercise program 

If concerns about your mental health are getting in the way of your summer plans, reach out for help. Call 800-992-6292 for information regarding Prairie View’s services and how we may be of assistance.