Hot take, some people get stressed out about summer break. Shocking, huh? Warmer weather and schedule changes leave room for so many more activities (included but not limited to aerobics and step classes), but unlike the days of our past, we can’t just take the entire summer off and frolic whenever we’d like. We have to pay bills and go to work. But now also add entertaining kids in hot weather to the mix? I think we’re starting to see some of the stress that comes with summer. Luckily, a little planning can go a long way. Having an arsenal of ideas to help you get away without getting away as you work so hard to balance work, family, and summer break for your kids will help you feel relaxed this summer.
Consider this a little help so you can Feel Good and Do More this summer:
Find yourself some natural light in your home workspace: sit next to an open window, use that neglected patio furniture, go on a field trip and find a new work spot. Fresh air is always your friend, and it’s a great way to make sure the kids don’t try to dig holes in your backyard and hit a water pipe (wish we weren’t speaking from experience with that one).
Make a scavenger hunt: What’s more fun and time consuming than searching for buried treasure? Send your kids on a search to find an item of treasure around the house (5 different objects that are red, items that rhyme, maybe you can even hide your Chirp Wheels).
Designate Breaks (for you and the kids): We can’t be full throttle all the time. Take a second to relax. Look away from the screen. Walk around the block (we promise it takes less time than you think). Go treat yourself with some fresh fruit; our favorite is stuffing raspberries with chocolate chips . . . the fruit means it’s a healthy snack, right?!
Take your coffee break outside: Or eat your lunch outside. Soak up as much Vitamin D as you can take. This will help you feel closer to getting away, even when you are stuck at home.