I can hardly believe that summer is wrapping up for some families. We have only been on summer vacation for one month now and have a month and a half to go.
Has anyone else struggled with the change of rhythm that summer brings?
I love having my family at home during this relaxed time, but I’m still trying to balance out their needs with my own. In case you’re also struggling with that, here are 5 ideas for self care during the summer months.
We have three sons in three different schools during the year and so our morning and afternoon schedules can be complicated. No carpool and rushing against the clock is a welcome change to the rhythm in our house. My husband is a teacher so he’s off for the summer and able to spend more focused time with the boys – also a very good change.
What I am finding challenging is how to continue with my practices of self care during the summer while all the kiddos and my husband are home. When everyone is home, I automatically go into “take care of everyone else’s needs first” mode.
My two older sons are staying up later which means I am too, while my youngest son continues to get up early – so there hasn’t been the alone time that I’ve gotten accustomed to during the school year.
I am an introvert and need time by myself to recharge. I love interacting with people but in order to feel energized, I need a certain amount of alone time to read or write or just sit.
Here are ways that I am planning on staying happy and healthy this summer:
5 ideas for Self Care During the Summer
- Nap for 20 minutes when you genuinely feel tired in the later afternoon. Not a 2 hour nap, but just 20 minutes, it’s scientifically proven to be beneficial – so no more guilt!
- Take at least 15 minutes to do something that really energizes you. It could be before your kids wake up, after they go to sleep, or during the day when the kids are watching a short (or long) video.
- Make sure to get some movement and exercise in your day with or without the kids. My family is trying to go on family bike rides and walking together.
- Keep a loose daily/weekly schedule for the family even during the summer. My two older sons are going to camp for 2 weeks, but other than that they will be at home. If left to their own devices, they would sleep until lunch and then play on the X-box all day.
We’ve asked the kids to pick one or two things that they want to learn and practice on their own during the summer. My oldest is learning Korean and my middle son is teaching himself a song on the piano, how to juggle, and wants to learn Japanese (ambitious I know!). Our loose schedule for them is to read daily, practice their goals, and spend time outside.
We are making weekly trips to the library and having a weekly family outing on one of my days off. I’d also like to make sure that we each have one on one time scheduled with each of the boys. We try to do that regularly, but in the busyness and fatigue during the year, we often forget to schedule them.
5. And last but not least, try not to multi-task through the day. It’s so tempting for me to try to answer a few emails or do some tasks while I’m supposed to be playing with my sons. It makes the task harder to complete, and also doesn’t make my sons feel good when their mom is distracted. I’m trying to be mindful in my day – when I’m playing or reading to my youngest, I will only be playing or reading. When I am doing work, I will only be doing work.
What about you? Has your rhythm changed this summer? How are you taking care of yourself this summer?
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