Going home for the summer? Here’s how to look after your wellbeing

student wheeling suitcase down park wood footpath in summer

Going home for summer?

Whether it’s the change of routine or not looking forward to where you’ll be staying, summer break can present unique challenges.

Here are some tips to help support your wellbeing as you transition from university to home life.

Stay connected

Returning home can be a lonely experience. Think about how you’ll stay connected with friends from university to avoid feeling isolated: video calls? Texting about what you’re doing over summer?

Keep in touch to maintain the friendships you’ve built during the year.

Try to plan for difficult circumstances

If there are specific events that you’re nervous about (e.g. family tension), consider a plan of action to protect your wellbeing.

For example, if x happens, I am going to…

  • Politely leave the conversation.
  • Go on a walk to clear my head.
  • Text a friend for distraction or comfort.

Take time for yourself and enjoy the break

Summer break is your well-deserved time away from deadlines. Uni summers are a unique time of life, and you only have a few. Whether it’s reading a book, practicing yoga, or simply taking a nap, make sure to prioritise self-care and give yourself the time you need to recharge.

Seek support when you need it

We’re still here for you during the summer vacation. Check out the Student Support and Wellbeing webpages to find out how to get in touch with us. You can also find us on Instagram @UniKentSSW

Our partner organisation Spectrum Life offers 24/7 emergency support through phone, WhatsApp and SMS:

  • Telephone 0800 0318227 and press option 1
  • Text/WhatApp ‘Hi’ to +44 (0)7418 360780

University of Kent students can also access free, 24/7 online mental health and wellbeing support via Togetherall.

Written by Daisy (Student Services).