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Benefits resources: Tips from your Employee Assistance Plan on reducing summer stress

May 20, 2016

Most people have fond childhood memories of carefree summer days, out of school with plenty of free time to explore and enjoy the world. But as adults, summertime is less a season of relaxing fun; more often than not, June, July and August pass by with hardly a change in daily routines, making the summer months just a warm extension of a year spent working.

So what can be done to eliminate (or minimize the impact of) common causes of everyday stress from our lives?

Here are some ways you can find rest and relaxation before the summer becomes a distant memory:

  • Take a real vacation from work: All too often these days, our idea of a vacation is an extended three- or four-day weekend. But one extra day does not always provide the body and mind with the opportunity to relax and enjoy time away from job-related stresses. Try to take a whole week off sometime during the summer. Your body and mind will appreciate the time spent away from the daily grind.
  • Spend time away from the kids: Even the most loving and doting parents can benefit from being away from the responsibilities and duties of parenthood for a few days. Summer provides several different opportunities to have children spend time under the supervision of other qualified adults.
    Reduce your dependence on technology: While technology has made many aspects of life easier, its constant presence (and the potential some devices have to interrupt our activities) can impede our ability to relax.
  • Improve your lifestyle: Many people eat, smoke, drink or take up other habits because they think the behavior will help them cope with the stress in their lives. But in the end, bad habits will only add to the stress you feel, so why not use the summer months to improve your lifestyle? Quitting smoking and reducing your caffeine intake will also help you reduce stress in the long run.
  • Keep out of your car: Few things cause adults more stress and frustration than driving. Sitting in traffic, the actions of other drivers and unanticipated delays can be a source of frustration, stress, and even rage. There are times when you cannot avoid having to use your car, but try to minimize your dependence on it and your need to be behind the wheel. Use public transportation when it is appropriate. Riding a bike or walking is a great option when you only have a short distance to go.

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