Summertime is supposed to be a time of carefree living, fun and sunshine. But, often, this is not the case. Summers can be hectic. For parents, it is the time children may be at home, alone, even though they are still working. Worry about what children are doing can add stress. Days can be filled with extra activities, driving children with little time for yourself!
Vacations, meant to be relaxing, can be filled with stress and worry. The season may have changed, the stressors may have changed, but still your day is filled with worry and anxiety. So how can you control stress and manage anxiety symptoms during the summer?
The following tips may help:
Take advantage of the nice weather and take a walk each evening. This can be family time, enjoying the time together in the fresh air.
Keep plenty of the seasonal fruits and vegetables on hand. Summer is great for peaches, watermelon, berries, grapes, carrots, tomatoes, corn on the cob and an immense array of colorful, healthy fruits and vegetables. Keeping your kitchen stocked with these types of foods will ensure everyone gets plenty in their daily diet.
Breathe deeply. It is difficult, if not impossible, to feel stressed while you are engaged in deep breathing. Inhale slowly, through your nose, counting to three. Exhale through pursed lips, counting to three again. As you practice this, you will be able to do it automatically and feel your stress level decrease.
Spend five minutes a day with no “noise”. Turn off your cell phone, the television and ask everyone to give you five minutes alone. Silence can help calm you down and help you to relax. Be sure you schedule this time into your daily routine rather than just waiting for an extra five minutes to appear.
Take a day trip to help provide you with a “mini-vacation” and let you relax. Sometimes it is good to get away, even if it is just for one day. If you can’t afford even a day trip, take a day to stay home, turn off the phones and do something you enjoy.
Most of all, take time each day to enjoy yourself, spend time with family and pay attention to your own needs.
To help with the stress and fatigue that the extra activities summertime brings, MMG recommends Vitamin B Complex.
B Vitamins, which are well known for keeping energy levels high and improving cognitive performance can have a positive effect. Clinical trials have shown that supplementing with a vitamin B complex can help keep your energy high and your stress low. It can also help to reduce personal strain and depressed feeling when in high stress situations, supporting a feeling of calm and stability. If you want to be more relaxed (and focused!), supplementing with a B complex could be a major help!
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