When you’re a kid the countdown to summer is exciting: three months with no school to wake up for, no tests to cram for, and no heavy textbooks to haul around. But as an adult, summers can be quite the opposite: three months of activities to organize, family picnics to host, and vacations to plan.
So how to manage the stress of a hectic summer and still make it one to remember? We’ve got a few ideas you for.
- Keep a routine: A good night of sleep does wonders for stress levels. Try to keep wakeup and bedtime schedules the same as they were when school was in session. That will make it easier for you to plan and organize, and it will encourage the kids to do something active and exciting with their summer vacation.
- The Sunshine Vitamin: Spend time outside each day to soak up the sunshine and boost your Vitamin D. It’s been shown to affect mood and has other potential benefits for the body. If the forecast is blistering, try to get outside early in the morning or late at night to avoid the worst of the heat.
- Summer Sales Event: Cash in on all your spring cleaning by having a garage sale or selling your unwanted items online for some extra cash. It’s a great way to get a jumpstart on your winter holiday budget.
- Spend Smart: Set a firm budget and stick to it. Using only cash to pay for meals and activities on vacations is a great way to keep your spending in check.
- Flex Travel: If your schedule allows, try to travel and explore on weekdays to avoid the higher weekend prices and crowds. It’s likely that you’ll have to deal with big crowds anytime during the summer, but if you’re using all of our other tips you’ll be so stress-free that it simply won’t matter. J
- Get to the Beach!: Sunshine, sand, and waves are the perfect recipe for relaxation and refreshment. Whether it’s the ocean, a local lake, or floating down a river, you’ll make lasting memories when you make organize family time around the water.
While you’re enjoying your time at the beach, do your part to keep the oceans and waterways healthy! World Oceans Day, a global celebration of our magnificent oceans, is focusing on preventing plastic pollution on June 8th, 2018. And it’s easy for you and your family to get involved!
Head over to their Facebook page or check out some of their free resources. You can join the community of people and countries who are making the preservation of oceans a priority for the good of future generations and for the wellbeing of our planet. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Bring your snacks in reusable bags
- Carry your own water bottle- here’s a list of some of the best insulated bottles to keep your drinks cold on those scorching days
- Buy a six pack with edible can rings
- Say no to one-time-use straws and carry one of these Simply Straws that are eco-friendly and handcrafted in the US