Summer is a time for fun in the sun, backyard barbecues, and family vacations. But it can also be accompanied by the stress of shifting schedules, high expectations, and juggling commitments. Between traveling and family commitments, weekends fill up fast, which means less time for self-care. Here are tips on how to reduce stress and enjoy the summer.
- Release Your Inner Child: Allow yourself to have fun. If you tend to be a workaholic, schedule some time off to have fun. If you have kids or young family members, reconnect and play with them. Playing, letting go, and being silly reduce stress – even for adults!
- Lose the Guilt for Saying No: You don’t have to attend every event, party, or family trip. Give yourself permission to say no, even if you don’t have other plans and feel like relaxing at home instead. “Me time” is allowed!
- Redefine Your Expectations: People often hype summer as the best time of the year, but summer isn’t the only time for fun. Plan fun trips or parties during the rest of the year so not all of the pressure is placed on a few months.
- Be Flexible: Trying to juggle everything can be stressful. If you have kids at home, it can be even more nerve-wracking to adjust to their new summer schedules. Give yourself permission to not have a strict schedule and go with the flow.
- Get Rid of Hurricane Prep Stress: It’s easy to get swept up in the stress of prepping for hurricane season. We can’t really predict when a hurricane will hit, especially in August and September. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying life and traveling. If you do plan on traveling during that time, ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on things for you. Make a plan before you leave to eliminate any stress or anxiety you have about leaving your home, or pets, behind.
- Make Time for Self-Care: Be in tune with what your body and mind are telling you. If you start to feel stressed or anxious, take some time to relax. You can meditate, exercise, read, do yoga, do breathing exercises, or whatever helps keep you stay calm and focused.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or drained, or need help making time for self care, therapy can help you regain control so you can have a fun and happy summer. Serenity Lane Psychological Services specializes in helping adults who are struggling with stress and anxiety. To learn more about managing stress and how therapy can help, contact Dr. Heather Violante today.