7 WAYS TO PRIORITIZE A MINDFUL SUMMER
I want summer to slow down and it has barely started.There are a lot of "shoulds" in my head right now. Day camp sign ups, dates to coordinate with friends, and I am struggling. Partly because of all the decisions. I am tired, we are moving, and I am wrapping up from the school year; but part of it is also the fear of the summer plans taking over causing me to miss out on lazy mornings, giggles in the pool, and the spontaneous. Summer itself brings anticipation. A promise of having some down time, catching up with friends and family, and getting away; but these best laid plans can monopolize the months and we are left wondering where summer went. Similar to the times when you are asked about your weekend and you can't remember what you did. It wasn't that it didn't include fun events but there was little presence or consciousness to it, rather more of a momentum, like it happened to us. I don't want summer, or life to happen to me and my family. I want to be there.
Here are seven ways to keep summer fun and stress free:
Katie Hurley, author of The Happy Kid Handbook says that when we are “over-scheduled and under-slept, all systems go down.” She suggests looking at the calendar and finding what should stay and go from the list of well intentioned activities. I often tell clients that their to don't list is as important as their to do. This can be key for summer too.
ADDRESSING OUR FOMO
Sometimes the over-scheduling is born from anxious thoughts that if our children aren't in everything the neighbours are in then they are missing out...