So, summer’s is almost here, and we’re starting to look forward to warm weather, longer days and more time to enjoy it. With summer holidays to look forward to, it’s the perfect time to chill out, de-stress and relax.
But is that really what’s going to happen? Too often, summer turns into a stressful experience, when it should be just the opposite. After all, exercise, nutrition and overall health goals are easier to meet during the summer months so how do we end up with an overloaded diary, minimal downtime and the feeling of being more stressed than usual?
Summer stress has a nasty habit of just creeping up on you. Here are some of the things to watch out for.
The kids are all right
For working parents the long school holiday’s present different demands. While it’s nice to have your children around more, finding and arranging suitable child-care, transporting them to and from vacation activities and refereeing arguments between bored siblings can be stressful!
Getting away from it
While holidays are necessary for your health and happiness, they can bring additional unanticipated stress. Planning the perfect holiday, the possible financial strain and getting everything done at work prior to your break are just a few of the logistical stressors.
While summer offers many opportunities for different, fun activities, keep in mind that it’s okay to say no sometimes. An overloaded diary can be really stressful so just say ‘yes’ to what you think you’ll really enjoy.
As well as setting boundaries on your social life, keep focused on your work life as well. Be careful not to overload yourself with co-workers’ responsibilities when they are away as you’ll end up feeling stressed about not being able to fulfill your own role. Teamwork is important, just don’t take on an overwhelming amount of extra work that’s difficult to manage
Better safe than sorry
You’ll probably be spending a lot more time outdoors so remember to protect yourself from the sun. Nothing raises the stress bar more than sunburn, particularly if you could have prevented it simply by applying sunscreen, wearing a hat, and avoiding direct sunlight during the middle of the day. In addition, high levels of heat can leave you feeling restless and irritable. All by itself, the heat of summer can raise the level of stress on both your body and mind.
Summer should be about enjoying yourself – sunshine, picnics, BBQs and beaches. It’s a time to play, enjoy yourself and spend time with your family and friends. Just remember, when you get stressed you affect the people around you so, if you keep a check on your summer stressors, you’ll be more able get out there and have fun.