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Mental Health Perspectives: Summer Jobs That Can Harm Your Mental Health

As the school year concludes, millions of Americans will engage in a number of activities this Summer – some of which may include seasonal employment. What summer jobs can likely have the most positive or negative impact on your mental health?

Summer Jobs That Can Be Helpful To Your Mental Health

Camp Counselor

Your daily activities are subject to constant change and you have the opportunity to be a leader / adviser to others.  There is a healthy amount of responsibility here and this type of job can help a person mentally mature. 


This can mentally fulfilling job with a great deal of responsibility (saving someone’s life). Lifeguards are often in good physical condition which can have a positive impact on mental health. Also, because there can be significant downtime, it allows an individual the opportunity for personal reflection.

Summer Jobs That Can Be Harmful To Your Mental Health

Theme Park Mascot 

In addition to being regularly overheated, you may be constantly pulled in different directions and risk mistreatment from kids, parents, and your employer. For people who don’t have patience or a sense of humor, this is an awful summer job to have.

Cemetery Grounds Keeper

Being surrounded by reminders of death for prolonged periods of time could harm your mental wellbeing especially if you’re a sensitive individual. 

Over Night Shift (anywhere)

Working when it’s dark and sleeping when the sun is up can affect your moods negatively because of a lack of vitamin D. 


If you’re accustomed to a life of comfort and repeatedly checking your phone, landscaping will probably be a nightmare summer job for you. Getting up in the early hours to do laborious work can test a person’s patience, dedication, and self motivation.

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