Time moves a little slower in the summer: barbecues, family travel, longer nights and brighter days. But for many, summer can bring unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and increased consumption of alcohol. It may also include increased loneliness and disagreement with friends and family. These unique challenges may increase the risk of violence. #TeamRefugeHouse wants you and your loved ones to enjoy this season, staying safe amidst the free time.
- Extra time with family can be challenging. Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Go for a walk alone, exercise or talk to a friend when you just need a moment to breathe.
- Kids on summer break may need extra stimulation. Send them to a local summer camp to keep building community and engaging their social skills. That will help prevent violence!
- Spend your extra time volunteering for a pro-social cause! Show your friends and family what matters to you by helping out a local non-profit.
- Recognize your feelings; it’s okay to be sad or bored or frustrated. You cannot force yourself to be happy just because of a season.
- Say yes to the things, people, and traditions that make you feel good about yourself.
- Say no to things that overwhelm you. If you are pressed for time and running low on energy, feeling obligated to an activity can be exhausting. Planning ahead for what is most important may help to organize your time.
- It is your right to have your boundaries respected. You also have the responsibility of respecting others’ boundaries. When communicating, be assertive and respectful instead of passive or aggressive.
- Don’t forget about our hotline: we are available all day, every day, no exceptions. If you hear something, see something or need help, call our confidential line to speak to a real advocate.
- Violence of any kind is NEVER okay. We are here to help.
Call the 24 Hour Refuge House Crisis Line