Summer is a great time of year, but this is a summer like no other. We are trying to find a new normal and we may still be rushing around doing things or going to work and still lacking time. There is a lot that has changed and once things return to normal, you may have worried about your kids and need to figure out who you’re going to stay with, how you’re going to get them there, and so much more. No one wants to be stressed during this time as stress diminishes your immune system and right now, we all need better ones!
1. Prioritize Your Needs & Wants
Think about what you may need to do and what you may want to do. Using lists can really help and ensure that you have all the cleaning done, food prepared, the kids have their schoolwork done, and that you can also schedule in a walk for the dog! Look after the house as well as possible. You may be neglecting certain areas of the house or not keeping things clean but try to focus and get a little bit of time set aside to do things such as clean out the toilet and bath, disinfect your surface areas and clean your dishwasher. Take time also to declutter the space and find a new normal for your kids. Even if that means a brand new routine!
2. Plan Downtime
While a schedule is helpful, if you pack too much in, you’re only going to make yourself more stressed, as you’ll be trying to do everything all at once, and do nothing well. Leave spaces in your plans and schedule, to leave you some time to relax, or do whatever you feel like doing at the moment. You may even want to leave some of your “wants” off your schedule, and then do whichever you fancy when you have some time. Meditate, listen to music, or have a bath. These downtime moments are going to really assist you.
3. Take Care Of Medication
With all of the craziness going on, it would be no surprise if you forgot to take important medication, or even took extra because you’d forgotten that you’d taken it earlier on. This is risky, and it’s a risk that is going to cause you a large amount of stress. Medication in blister packs can help you remember to take your medication, as can dosette boxes. These mean that you’ll know immediately whether or not you have taken your medication, and can reduce the stress of you trying to remember everything you’ve been up to.
5. Make An Outdoor Itinerary
We all need fresh air and sun during this time so plan some activities that will be good for you and your kids. Write on this itinerary what time you/they are traveling, where exactly you/they’re traveling to, what you are doing, and make them very aware of the social distancing. You can social distance with other friends and family, as long as you keep responsible, so be sure to try and do this if you can at some point. This simple act of communication can help to reduce the stress and anxiety of everyone involved. Keeping in contact will be vital for you and your family. Don’t forget the packed lunch too!
6. Get Plenty Of Sleep
Quarantine times are busy times. But you should still avoid going to bed too late and messing up your body clock. Instead, use your plan wisely, and write down a regular bedtime at night, so that you’re getting enough sleep and even if that means having to get up a little later or go to bed a little later so you can fit everything in, it is best that you do not compromise on your sleep quality. Although it’s recommended for you to sleep between seven and nine hours a night, this might not always be possible, but you should try to get six hours at a minimum.
Before you can get to this moment though, there is a lot that needs to be done, which can cause you lots of stress, but only if you let it. These tips should help you to reduce your stress levels, meaning that your summer can still be a magical one. You can still enjoy time with the kids and you can also try to look to the future. It doesn’t have to be grim. Now we just have to hope the water stays good for us!