So summer is starting and it is an amazingly fun time! It can also be incredibly stressful as we balance vacations, schedule shifts, summer activities, work and more. A lot of times healthy living gets put on the backburner, and your mental well-being is probably the last thing you think about which leads to stress and burning out.
So what are my 5 simple ways to avoid burnout? To take good care of you all summer long?
1. Me Time
I like to plan a special “me-time” once a week. Lately I’ve been going down and laying out on our beach—it hasn’t even been that sunny, but just laying down by the beach, listening to my favorite tunes, feeling the sad beneath my toes…ah….I feel every possible stress flowing away.
Maybe you don’t have a beach in your backyard (I hate to brag) but there is someway to break away for yourself—maybe sitting on your front porch rocker, taking a picnic in a park, going on a long contemplative walk, reading a book, or painting your nails. Whatever gets you in that happy, relaxed frame of mind.
2. Get Your Fitness On
Yes! Even when everything is crazy taking 20-30 minutes to work out everyday will make a world of difference in not only your physical, but your mental well-being. Walk, run, bike, swim, row, throw a Frisbee with your dog, do whatever you enjoy, but do it.
Don’t make excuses. Your body needs this. Your brain needs this. Your spirit needs this.
3. Align Yourself
Take the first few moments in your morning and spend them aligning yourself to God. I wish I could say I do this faithfully everyday, but I don’t. I know there is grace for when I don’t, but there is always a special peace and joy when I start my day aligning myself to Him by praying and reading my Bible.
4. Prioritize (And Make a Slogan!)
Decide what is important to you this summer. Is it your kids little league team? Is it being really active in church activities? Is it being a beach bum? Making memories at home? Decide on what’s really important for you this summer and then make choices on those priorites! Maybe even make a slogan for your summer to remind yourself like: “Slugger Summer” or “Simple Pleasures” or “New Horizons”.
Whatever corny phrase brings to mind your summer priorities and will help you weigh out all the activities coming your way.
5. Surround Yourself with Positivity
Find friends that value what you value this summer. Do you have 3 challenging summer courses going on right now? Maybe best not to spend all your time with your friend who is always trying to get you to blow off your studies and hang at the beach. But if your priorities for the summer are establishing relationships maybe that’s right where you need to be!
Do you ever get burned out in the summer? What helps you avoid burnout?