Tips to Avoid Stress in the summer

Summer vacations are supposed to be to relax, disconnect from the routines that trap us all year, regain strength and enjoy the tranquility. But it's not always like this. With the arrival of summer and the intensive working day schedule, you spend more time at home, either with your partner or with your children, and what can in principle be something positive and satisfying can become a real nightmare at the expense of stress. Children's holidays are long and they demand more attention and dedication. And the greater time of coexistence with the couple can exacerbate problems that during the winter are lethargic.

Stress is a reaction of the organism with which it tries to adapt to new environmental situations. Physically it manifests itself by increasing the speed of movements, tensing the muscles and mobilizing the blood more quickly. But it also has a significant impact on the cognitive response, behavior and sleep. A little stress is normal and even healthy. But if it is not controlled and reaches excessive levels it is negative. And in summer it is easy for this to happen, since, in addition, heat can enhance situations of stress, but not cause it.

Tips to prevent stress in summer

To avoid this, experts suggest following a series of recommendations:

  • Be careful with the heat: it can cause alterations of the character, problems to conciliate the dream, fatigue, anguish and other symptoms. And all this sharpen the stress caused by preexisting situations.
  • organize the activities of the children: their vacations are longer than those of the parents and have a greater demand on them. Of course you have to spend time with them, but they must also have their own activities. While parents' vacations arrive, camps, sports or games with friends can help resolve the situation. And family vacations will also have to be planned thinking about it, especially so that parents have moments of tranquility and freedom to do things without children.
  • manage time: with summer work hours can increase stress at work and then it takes home. It is important to plan the work well and it is highly recommended to carry out activities in the afternoon that help to eliminate stress (physical exercise, outings with friends, etc.).
  • sleep well and the necessary time: while working we get up earlier and the longer daylight time invites us to go to bed later. Many times, in addition, the heat makes you not sleep well. Not sleeping long enough will cause a feeling of tiredness and anxiety the next day; and this will lead to an increase in stress. A nap sitting on the couch for 10-20 minutes maximum will help to park the stress of the day.
  • Food: a balanced diet based on fresh and light foods, with little fat, will help to minimize stress and anxiety.
  • disconnect during the holidays: but doing it for real, being able to spend less time on mobile, tablet or laptop, and devote to what really matters: rest and enjoy.
  • Relaxation exercises: if you feel stress, it may be useful to perform some relaxation exercise (breathing, visualization, etc.).
  • Problems of couple or family: in summer increases the time of coexistence with the couple and in general with the family, so it is easier for problems of coexistence or conflicts of any kind to arise. In the case that there are already previous problems these will probably become more acute. Good communication and dialogue is the best means to solve them.