Summer holidays

The summer holidays can be a great chance to spend time with friends and have some time off. But sometimes it can feel a bit lonely. Or you might miss the routine you have when you're in school.

Hello summer

Your summer holidays can be a really exciting time, you might have a holiday booked that you’ve been looking forward to. Or you might be excited about spending more time with your family and friends.

But for some young people, the holidays can be a difficult time. You might feel lonely if you can’t see your friends.

You might also be worried about moving up into secondary school or college. However you feel, talking about it can really help. You can speak to Childline about anything that’s worrying you or on your mind – we’re always here to listen.

Coping with summer holidays

Feeling lonely
It’s normal to feel lonely sometimes over the summer holidays, or to feel sad or down. Sometimes it can be difficult when you suddenly have a different routine – it can take a while to get used to it. You might miss seeing your friends every day at school, especially if they’ve gone on holiday while you’re staying at home. Or you might miss some of your after-school activities, if they’re closed during the holidays.

If you’re feeling lonely or would like someone to talk to, you can contact a counsellor anytime. You could also try speaking to a friend who you trust. Or you can read what other young people are saying on the loneliness message board.

Remember: if you’re feeling alone or down, the most important thing is not to keep it all to yourself.

Not getting along at home
Summer holidays can be difficult if you don't get along very well with your family. Because you’re home more during the holidays, you might find that you argue with each other more.

Every family has problems from time to time, even if they’re usually happy and don't often argue. If you’re worried about your family arguing, you could talk to your parents or carers about how you feel. They might not realise that you’re worried about it. 

Summer romance
The summer can be a time where you might start new relationships. Or get a boyfriend or girlfriend for the first time. This can be really exciting. But it can be scary too. It's normal to have worries about it and what'll happen in the future.

Taking a chance is part of life and it's also part of relationships. But it's important to stay safe and happy. You can read more about being in a new relationship, about sexual health, and how to talk about sex on our Sex and Relationship pages. You can also post a message on the sex and relationships message board.

Staying safe

During the holidays it’s important to be aware of where you can get help if you need to. If you’re concerned about your own safety or the safety of a friend you can contact a Childline counsellor for free on 0800 1111.

Your call could be related to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)forced marriage, being a young carer or neglect. You can speak to us about anything and any time.