As children, we always look forward to the lazy, hazy days of summer. For me, it meant bike riding with my best friend, swimming, sleeping late, and relaxing. However, as adults, we don’t often have that same luxury. Summer is often seen as a relaxing time, but it rarely works out that way.
As a stay at home Mom, summers were always one of the most stressful times of year. The quiet I enjoyed during the year, disappeared when summertime hit. While I absolutely LOVE and adore being around my kids, there is a certain amount of stress, when they are home, all day, every day, running, being loud, often fighting, asking questions, etc. There’s also the pressure to keep them busy. This is also the “family vacation” time of year, which is, itself a lesson in stress.
According to an article by Health Central, approximately 1/3 of Americans find summer to be a stressful time of year. (I guess I’m not alone.) The article states that most people get less sleep in the summer, adding to the stress of the season. An increase in social engagements and activity is listed as the main reason for a lack of sleep. Vacation planning and caring for children were listed as other reasons.
How, then, do we deal with summer stress? Here are some of the tips, according to Health Central, and professional life coach Dr. Jaime Kulaga.
To help you relax, especially with the last tip, I have gathered a few summer guided meditation videos. Whether you use these, or find your own way unwind, take some time to enjoy yourself, and have a wonderful and relaxing summer.
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