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Community Psychiatry’s Summer Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC was featured in a Hello Giggle’s article discussing the importance of “Summer Fridays”.

Here’s why therapists say you should still take your summer Fridays—even in quarantine

Mackenzie Dunn, June 10, 2020 | HELLO GIGGLES

Before coronavirus (COVID-19) hit, summer Fridays were a time to go to the beach with your family, take a long weekend and travel, or meet up with friends for an early rooftop happy hour. But this summer, those days off may look a little different. Right now, the process of opening states across the country varies greatly. So while beaches and restaurants may be accessible in some places, it’s totally okay if you’re not ready to dive back into normalcy—even with businesses supposedly taking necessary precautions regarding the virus.

But we’re also at the point where it’s common to feel some sort of quarantine fatigue. We’ve already binge-watched all the shows and movies on Netflix and organized every closet and drawer in our homes, so it begs the question: How should we spend a summer Friday in quarantine?

According to mental health professionals, definitely do NOT skip out on taking your summer Fridays if you are entitled to them.

“Summer Fridays, like any health days, are so important for an individual struggling with or trying to better manage their mental health—even while working from home during quarantine,” says Summer R. Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Community Psychiatry.

Not to mention, research shows that taking time off results in greater success at work, lower stress levels, and greater happiness at home. But, for some reason, Americans have been taking less and less vacation over the last 15 years.

Click here to read the entire article on HELLO GIGGLES

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