The antithesis of stress! Summertime evokes thoughts of endless days of relaxing, sunshine and warm rains. Summer time is the outdoors, the beach, the cottage, a barbeque with friends and family, or a game of baseball. It is filled with the sounds of nature – birds singing, wind rustling the leaves, rain, thunder and lightning heard from the safety of a cozy shelter. It also means fresh produce, outdoor farmers’ markets, and time spent in the garden. Wow!
Summertime is supposed to be so great and so healthy! But what if you only get two weeks’ vacation? This is the case for many working adults these days. No beer and hazy, lazy days at your office. Many leave an air-conditioned house, drive in an air-conditioned vehicle through traffic, and then sit in an air-conditioned office only to drive home again in traffic to face all the normal chores of the second shift at home. Some add to this the extra stress of finding child care and the added expense of summer camps for the kids. Too often an element of resentment and guilt comes along with not enough time to enjoy with the family because summer goes by so fast!
Perhaps the problem is that we don’t always take the time to think and plan because we are so busy “doing.” As my 19-year-old son once said to me, “Mom, you need to make fun a priority!” This from an adolescent!
Sometimes not setting the right priorities stops us from receiving the benefit from summer and its opportunity to “ground” us and nourish us – body and spirit. So what can you do? How can you de-stress and get that summertime state of mind at the office?
I am sure, if you thought about it, you could come up with many great ideas. Talk to your colleagues and find out together how you can commit to a summertime attitude at the office. We know that social support for change makes a big difference, so perhaps consider some of the following:
I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to create your own summer of relaxation and happy memories.
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