When Summer Confusion Shows Up, Bring in Relief
Nobody expects to be exhausted or bored when they start summer, but it happens, and it could be a real drag on everything, if you don’t move quickly.
Summer Hits To Avoid
Care2 suggests turning down the AC everywhere, or pulling on a warm sweater. AC is wonderful for sleeping, but frosty daytime temps make the body work harder to stay warm. And when you step outside into a hot summer day it can be a wipeout.
They also suggest getting about 90 ounces of water for women, and 125 for men as summer heat quickly dries us out. Spiking too much sugar with too many summer fruits, and getting an overload of chlorine in the pool can also sabotage us. Finally, irregular sleeping schedules can leave us foggy and tired. Aim for a middle of the road, consistent sleep schedule, that feels relaxed, but does not seem totally out of control
New Gigs To Energize Us
As a countermeasure to rev things back up, hold a special summertime cookout in a new spot, or load everybody up and hit the road for a weekend camp out. Making the most of free time and keeping everything very relaxed should help the whole family feel better.
Doing some changeups with things you have not tried before could also work. If you always go to your favorite park, why not drive a little further to a new wilderness area? If you always take the same swim classes, why not add in some art, pottery and science kids’ classes. Just watch out for the tarantulas though! My kids always wanted the science classes and they always insisted on showing me the huge tarantula, making his way up the side of the aquarium glass!
Consider making this a time for everybody to take a turn in the kitchen too. Individual family members can take turns surprising the family with their dinners. Or you can help kids learn how to make oatmeal cookies, whole wheat pancakes or really good chili. Since there’s no rush to fit meals in with regular school days, cooking can become a relaxed time for everybody. This might also be the perfect time to redo individual kids’ rooms so they are fresh for fall. Take the time to pick their favorite colors, find new posters, and maybe even redo furniture.
Keep looking for other diversions as summer moves ahead. Think of all of those things you intended to try this summer and whip a few more out. Maybe this really is the summer to learn more about fishing, photography or sea creatures.
Whatever you land on, if nobody in your family groans when you mention it, go for it.