​5 Ways to Reduce Summer Vacation Stress

by Lori Bogedin

​​Summer Vacation often provides an opportunity to spend quality time with family, take a few days off from work, or go on a holiday getaway. While summer vacation can be a fun and a joyous time, it can also be very stressful. The combined effort of shopping, attending social events, and entertaining guests can quickly become too much to handle. A poll by the American Psychological Association shows that 8 out of 10 people anticipate increased stress over the summer holidays. In some cases, the increase in pressure and anxiety may even lead to depression. The Mayo Clinic reports that depression is often an unwelcome guest during the summer holidays.

Though the summer vacation can be a stressful and challenging time, there are several ways to minimize stress and anxiety so you can thoroughly enjoy this sunny family time of year.

5. Take Time For Yourself!

Setting aside time for yourself is another great way to cope with stress during the summer. With so much happening, you might not have a moment alone. However, it’s important to make time for yourself so you can take a breather and clear your mind. Even spending as little as 15 minutes alone might make a world of difference. Doing activities, you enjoy can help you maintain your sanity as you juggle family obligations, social events, and summer holiday shopping. You can try going a walk, listening to relaxing music, or getting a massage to take your mind off your to-do list.

4. Keep It Simple!

The sunny warm season is particularly stressful when you have too much on your plate. This might be the case if you’re welcoming out-of-town guests and hosting family festivities. You don’t necessarily have to cancel your plans, but make sure you’re not setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to do everything yourself. Get your family involved and delegate. For example, instead of taking on the responsibility of preparing a picnic meal alone, ask everyone to bring a covered dish. Or, if you feel that hosting say a July event at your home is too much, don’t feel obligated to entertain relatives and friends. Know your limitations and learn how to say “no.”

3. Get Plenty of Exercise!

​That’s it and that’s all! Even a walk in the morning or evening will help alleviate stress.

2. ​Set a Summer Plan!

Plan ahead and don’t deviate from the plan. If things change and get more hectic call in back-up!

1. Pick Your Battles!!!

Vacationing can mean being in close quarters with some of your family members for long periods of time. This can be stressful in itself. You all have your own personalities. Because of your differences, it may be easy to rub each other the wrong way. Remember that if you let every remark get under your skin, you’ll be miserable and stressed out the entire time. Set aside your differences, and agree to disagree. This is easier said than done. But if you can learn how to let go and pick your battles, you’ll have less anxiety. Don’t let the actions of others rob you of your vacation. 

Even if you’re a calm and collected person, the summer season can still be a trying time. Your stress level can still skyrocket. These  practical tips may minimize your stress and anxiety, and help you cope. However, don’t be afraid to speak with a doctor or mental health professional if you’re having a particularly difficult time. They may help you improve your coping skills so you can get through the summer vacation season with a smile on your face. 

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