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"Flaming June"

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, garden barbecues, outdoor living and travel. But it can also be accompanied by the stress of shifting schedules, high expectations, juggling commitments and over-excited/bored kids. Between traveling and family commitments, weekends fill up fast, which means less time for self-care. Here are tips on how to reduce stress and enjoy the summer.

 

Release Your Inner Child: Allow yourself to have fun. If you tend to be a workaholic, schedule some time off to have fun. If you have kids or young family members, reconnect and play with them. Playing, letting go, and being silly reduce stress – even for adults! 

Be OK with Saying No: You don’t have to attend every event, party, or family trip. Give yourself permission to say no, even if you don’t have other plans and feel like relaxing at home instead.

Redefine Your Expectations: People often hype summer as the best time of the year, but summer isn’t the only time for fun. Plan fun trips or parties during the rest of the year so not all of the pressure is placed on a few months. 

Be Flexible: Trying to juggle everything can be stressful. If you have kids at home, it can be even more nerve-wracking to adjust to their new summer schedules. Give yourself permission to not have a strict schedule and go with the flow. 

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Make Time for Self-Care: Be in tune with what your body and mind are telling you. If you start to feel stressed or anxious, take some time to relax. You can meditate, exercise, read, do yoga, do breathing exercises, or whatever helps keep you stay calm and focused.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or drained, or need help making time for looking after you, in order to better look after your loved ones, a session or two of hypnotherapy can help you regain control so you can have a fun and happy summer.

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