Guide to a Stress FREE Summer

By Staff Writer

SUMMER is finally here! it’s supposed to be a time to relax, but summer can end up being stressful.

Power of Visualization 

This is one of the most powerful things you can do to feel happier. Studies show that when you imagine doing something, the same parts of your brain are stimulated just like when you do it. So the next time you’re feeling anxious about a particular event, like going on vacation with family or getting back into your swimsuit, take a few moments to play out the situation in your head beforehand. Imagine every detail of the scene. What can you see, hear and feel? Now imagine what would happen if everything went as well as it possibly could.   

Live in the Moment 

We spend a lot of time feeling concerned about the future and very little focusing on what’s happening at the time. We are living in a state of constant stress. The summer is a good time to interrupt this pattern by doing something out of the ordinary, whether it’s going on vacation, or getting outside or spending more time with your family.

Distraction Tactics 

There are always going to be things which play on your mind and make you feel anxious, whether it’s entertaining children over the summer break or saving enough money to go on vacation. Worrying about things we can’t control not only stresses you out in the present but makes us more nervous about the future too. So next time you find yourself worrying about something, interrupt the thought process by getting up from your seat or doing an addition problem in your head. Then, while your brain is distracted, turn your thoughts to a time when you felt great and think about that instead.

Cut out Comparison

In day-to-day life, we often compare ourselves to others. But we only ever see other people’s highlights reels, both online and in real life. You might see a post on Facebook or a colleague might tell you they had a fantastic weekend but gloss over the argument they had with their partner.

De-sensitize Yourself 

After spending the winter indoors, it can be daunting when a vacation comes up and we’re faced with the prospect of wearing shorts or swimwear. If you’re nervous about wearing a shorter skirt or shorts, try putting them on at home for a few hours to see how you feel. You may find the shorts are a little tight or even a little loose. By trying on your clothes at least a month ahead of time, you’ll be able to adjust your diet to lose a few pounds or manage a purchase online to secure clothes that fit you like a glove, so that you are ready for the vacation ahead.

Still not able to relax this summer? Best Care EAP is here to help.

To schedule your confidential appointment, call (402) 354-8000 or (800) 801-4182, or send an email.

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