When we're deep in the cold, wet clutches of winter, all we can think of is the lazy, hazy days of summer. Picnic, barbecues, days out and about and the sunshine are all we remember from the last summer.
Then, when we reach summertime; we remember why summer has stresses of its own. Who hasn't day dreamed about the last summer vacation but forgotten the fact that driving hours to get there left the entire family hot, cranky and dehydrated? Or that on the second day of break, one of the kids had an allergic reaction to a bug sting and spent the entire week whining about it itching?
With the kids at home, the planned fun and games can also turn into fighting and complaining about being bored. Some days you just wish it was fall and school was back in. That's why, whether you have kids or not, and whenever you a planning to spend time this summer, you need to schedule in some down time. Summer can really stress you out, so making sure that you're well prepared with pre-vacation and
post- vacation treatments and a massage or two will give you that extra relaxation and also help make your summer holiday about you as well as everybody else.
Remember that if you are always looking out for everyone else, you deserve some time out too! It might be a
cliche' that gets over used but there is a lot of truth to the statement, "you cannot pour from an empty cup"-- get your fix of relaxation up front and you'll feel much more equipped to give to everyone else.