White female in flowered dress lying outside in daisy field smiling, eyes closed

6 Student Tips to Detox and Clear Your Mind This Summer

If you need to press the reset button after a long school year, check out these six rejuvenating ideas to get your mind in the right place this summer.

Summer is here and the adrenaline of the end of the school year is finally starting to ebb. It’s time to take a deep breath, shake off the stress, and ground yourself in the beautiful present. We don’t mean plant yourself in front of the TV either—summer is the perfect time to wean yourself off screens and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here are six tips to aid you on your mind detoxification journey over summer break.

1. Limit your screen time

With your academic duties on hold, it can be tempting to fill your newfound free time by scrolling social media and binge-watching reality TV. But lengthy periods of staring at screens can leave you feeling unproductive and unmotivated. Here’s my remedy: Try setting aside a specific amount of time for electronics every day. It’s a tough first step, but it’s one that will have a positive impact on your mindset and will free up some time to try out some other tips on this list. 

Related: The Balancing Act of Social Media

2. Get outside

What better way to reconnect with nature than to experience it firsthand? Integrating a peaceful morning stroll or nature walk into your daily routine is a great way to open and refresh your mind. Spice it up by bringing along a camera or journal to unlock your creative side and document any special findings. My pre-breakfast runs have become one of my favorite parts of the day!

3. Weed out the negativity

Many of us are negatively influenced by social platforms every day. Whether we realize it or not, being surrounded by the glamorous, filtered lives of others can give our own lives an illusion of inferiority. Get that weight off your shoulders and take the leap to unfollow any accounts that don’t uplift and inspire you. Putting your mental well-being first is an essential step in detoxifying your mind.

4. Practice mindfulness

If you struggle with brain fog or anxiety, setting aside time in your day to be mindful could be just the thing you need. Not sure where to start? Try out some beginner’s yoga to wind down before bed (YouTube is full of free guided sessions). Alternatively, paid apps like Calm and Headspace can teach you meditation techniques and improve your sleep so you can wake up feeling more refreshed.

Related: 7 Easy Ways to Make Your Semester More Mindful

5. Grow something

Bringing a little piece of nature to life in your own home is an extremely rewarding endeavor. Resilient houseplants like Aloe vera, Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutated), and Pothos (Epipremnum) are a great place to start for green-thumbed newbies. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, plants like marigolds, radishes, and sunflowers make perfect, easy first additions to gardens. Hardware, home, and garden stores all have beautiful selections of seeds to help get you started!

6. Cleanse your diet

They say you are what you eat, so it makes sense that the food you put into your body can have big effects on your mood. Processed foods tend to drain your energy and motivation, while fresh, organic options are packed with nutrients to rejuvenate and keep you healthy. Try integrating a green juice or salad (my favorite is with strawberries and avocado) into your daily meals, or just swap out some unhealthy snacks for veggies.

Related: The Best Advice for Healthy Eating in High School

I hope these six simple tips have inspired you to shut off the TV and head outside this summer! May you have a wonderful, refreshing break so you can return to school with a clear mind and a renewed readiness to learn.

Looking for more ideas to keep you busy this summer? Check out Our Best Advice for Having an Awesome Summer Break!

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now


About Hailey Myers

Hailey Myers is a homeschooled high school student from California. She's been drawn to literature and creative activities from a young age and is ecstatic to share what she knows with fellow students. 


Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
Lu Diehl

Lu Diehl

High School Class of 2022

I never would have found the college I plan on attending without CollegeXpress! I've always been a person of ambition and have been dreaming of studying and working on my passion for law, legal studies, and political science. Washington College is where I plan on pursuing my career. My journey with my education has been difficult, and oftentimes, I was told I would never amount to much, but now I'm dual enrolled at Caroll Community College and have had experience in the fields I am dedicated to. Without the help of CollegeXpress (even in its early days), I would never have found Washington College and the information I need to apply and become a part of their community.

Maurice Whan

Maurice Whan

$2,000 Spring Scholarship Contest Winner, 2021

This year has been tough for my family and myself, so receiving this scholarship has been a blessing in disguise! CollegeXpress has been an excellent resource in helping me prepare financially for college. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!



High School Class of 2022

My mother signed me up for a couple of scholarship contests through CollegeXpress. I was also able to do some research and compare the different schools on my list. I was able to see the graduation rates and different programs that helped me decide on Adelphi University. I will continue looking for some scholarships for my start in September.



High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress has provided me with tips that were for college students, but as a high school junior, they were still very useful. Not only that, it also gave me an idea of what to expect when it comes to going to college or already being in college. I want to say thank you to CollegeXpress, and I hope you continue the wonderful tips until I hopefully get into college and throughout my college journey.

Josiah Kegg

Josiah Kegg

High School Class of 2021

I want to sincerely thank you all for this amazing website that's legitimately helped me find so many different scholarship opportunities. I've been stressing out for the longest time about paying for college since I would rather stay out of debt and have been working days trying to find any scholarship opportunity. When I found CollegeXpress, I discovered many easy scholarships that have given me hope for the future. Thank you and God bless!

College Matches

Colleges You May Be Interested In

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA