Almost everyone's goal is to have a stress free Summer. Warm weather, sunshine and tan skin is the perfect combination to make people smile. However, actually achieving a stress free summer is not something everyone gets done. Deadlines still exist for most, actives and events don't stop and life as we know it still runs wild. What I would do to be a kid during summertime every year with no cares in the world other than figuring out who you're going to hang out with that week. Summertime is meant to be a time to relax, take it all in and re-energize before the crazy fall/holiday season starts up again. So, how do you actually do that by being an adult, an entrepreneur, etc.? I wanted to share 3 tips for having a stress free summer since I know that's what I intend to do.
Life is about balance
Since we moved last month we have yet to have a weekend with zero plans. We started with Mother's Day, moved onto to wedding weekends in a row (one here in MN and one back in CO) and then went right into my little sisters bridal shower weekend. To say we have been busy is a total understatement. From figuring out new insurance from Kirby's new job + adding the baby on, to being sick while pregnant for one whole week, to having all this family around that wants to spend time with us... It has been a lot to take in. I'm also still over here trying to be a girl boss as I keep growing and taking in new collaborations with Everyday Chiffon. I knew this Summer was going to be busy, but man oh man, can I just please have a day by the pool? I have 3 main things I'm personally doing to keep my Summer as stress free as possible while still hustling and making sure everything is ready for Baby O's arrival in September.
#1: Don't Fall Behind on Your Responsibilities
Life This is something that happens to all of us and personally I think it's the biggest source of stress. When we put off responsibilities and constantly keep pushing back our to-do list anxiety starts to take over. It's so easy to fall behind during the Summer months because there are twice the things to do. Pool days, lake days, camping, a night by the bonfire, simple backyard bbq's with friends... Whatever it is, it's really hard to say no. I talked about this in my Knowing When to Say "No" post and how life changing it is when you truly take that on. It's not easy passing on the fun, but the more you stick to your to-do list & responsibilities the more fun you'll have when it comes time for that.
It's been hard for me with the move because now I am close to family and it's difficult to say no to people I've been dying to hang out with on a regular basis for years. I want to be apart of every activity and say yes to every fun day out or dinner over at one of my parents houses, but I have to keep things in check. I love being a full time blogger and I love having the freedom to work from home. If i start to skimp now on my responsibilities and start to slack on my hustle I may not be able to keep my dream job which would be a shame. Don't worry, I'm totally fine, but I have started to put my priorities back into check which has been hard since the move and with all the things we had going on this last month.
I create a stress free world for myself
It's more than okay to have some fun this summer and its great that I can make my own schedule, however there need to be a line somewhere. Knowing where that line is, is super important whether you work in corporate or you have your own businesses. Stay in check with what needs to be done (adulting is so fun lol) and I promise when you go to have a weekend or day off it will be more fun than sitting there stressing about what you're not accomplishing.
#2: Don't Over Commit Your Time
This again goes off of what I talked so much about a few posts back. Knowing when to say no and knowing what to take on or not take on is so crucial for your mental health. I have gotten a lot better at not over committing my time these past couples years, but now more than ever I am being tested with being by family. It's important to remember to take care of yourself and it's super important to have time to just be. THis last months has been on overdrive and that's okay because sometimes that's just how life goes. However, Kirby and I are truly trying to pull things back now as we become closer to babies due date and yearn for time to just hang out.
I've become a bit more of a home body since pregnancy hit and I'm totally not mad about it. I love this time Kirby and I have just the two of us because in September all of that will change forever. It's been a good learning experience to continue to say no to every single event and to only say yes to that things that work in our schedule. It's crazy when you really start to think about things because I realized so many of the things people say yes to are only because they feel like they need to say yes. Choosing what you actually want to do aside from what you feel like you should be doing makes a big difference in your overall happiness. By not over committing your summer will be more full of what you enjoy.
If we take the time to declutter our life and maintain it, we will be able to live a more meaningful life.
#3: Do Make Time for Relaxation and Some True Summertime Fun
Even though we're adults and our responsibilities and commitments don't stop, it doesn't mean we can't make time to relax. It's actually really important to make time for laughter, days with no plans and weekends only full of relaxing with the ones you love. This world is none stop all the time and it's hard for all of us to not get sucked into that. I sit here thinking about how crazy it is that Kirby and I only have 3 month to go before Baby O is here and I realize just how important it is that we enjoy every second we can. Like I've stated in so many of my other posts, life is way too short to just let it pass you by. I know that may seem cheesy, but it's the truth.
Too many times I hear of people complaining that they don't have time for this or that, or that they're just constantly exhausted from everything life is throwing at them. It's so sad to me because you never know when this precious life could be taken away from you. Living each day to the fullest, making time to just be and really enjoying the path you're on is the key to happiness. I thought these 3 tips for having a stress free summer could easily apply to everyone no matter where you're at in life. Don't stop hustling and don't forget to get your responsibilities done. Don't over commit your time so you don't have time for yourself, and whatever you do, make time to relax and enjoy this life you've been blessed with.