Summer stress can take you by surprise. We expect fun during summer, not stress; but added summer responsibilities--kids underfoot, travel plans gone awry, vacationing co-workers, etc.--can leave us feeling more stressed than blessed. What stresses you during summer, and how do you handle the stress? Share Your Tips!
How I Handle Stress
- I don't handle summers very well. It's hot and humid and I have far more yard work to do than I want to do. The trimmer breaks down, the riding mower breaks down, and not much help since my husband isn't well now. We have a beautiful place and I try to keep it presentable, but a three acre yard means a lot of work and something always needs doing "tomorrow". A good stress free day for me is a good rainy day where I can catch up in the house and read a book. Of course that nice rainy day means the grass and weeds will grow faster.
- —Guest georgia
- Just as I write events on the calendar (reunion, cookout, tournament, etc), I write "Open" on some weekends to identify and keep them as just that - open. Can catch up on yardwork, take a family bike ride or whatever. Booking every single summer weekend only creates stress and makes the already far-too-short summer go by even faster!
- —Guest Lori
Heat, Humidity and More To Do...
- ...stresses me. I like to garden and smell freshly mown grass, but I try to slow down, eat and drink cold foods, and be where it is cool but not necessarily air-conditioned:)
- —Guest Glenda
- I work full-time, and my kids stay busy in summer activities. so I don't have to worry as much about entertaining them during the day, but there are more hours of daylight at night, so it's harder to get them to want to go to bed and get up during summer. We get around this by taking walks at night as a family--it wears them out more, helps me unwind, and gets us all more connected.
- —Guest Susan