Slow Roll Into Summer

Kindergarten Teacher Supports Child on ClassWhen I was a junior high English teacher, I remember May being the longest, most stressful, miserable month on the school calendar. May was my month to truly commit to my yoga practice, like, FOR REAL. It was either breathing exercises, or flipping my desk in a room filled with 13-year-olds.

I know May can also be stressful for parents. It’s the long haul to the end of the school year, and your child has 14 papers and 7 tests in 4 weeks. And to top it all off, allergy season is on red alert. Stress + allergies + lack of sleep = misery.

How do we get through this month that seems to be the longest tunnel to the dimmest light ahead? I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

  1. Escape – As silly as this may sound, I am addicted to finding some alone time to construct a visual vacation, and I pull out all of the stops. Maybe I’m renting a condo in Puerto Vallarta for the summer, and I’m watching the fireworks over the water while I read a trashy memoir on my balcony. Or I flash forward to when my career is banging, and I’m jet-setting all over the world. Some may find such escapes a frivolity, but I feel like it’s a massage for the brain. Plus it makes me happy.
  2. Exercise – When you’re feeling the feels, they say salt is the cure: sweat, tears, and the sea. I find exercise to be the easiest of the 3, plus it gets the blood flowing which can also help clear sinuses. Allergies may hinder you from some strenuous activities, but a brisk walk around the neighborhood will still do your mind and body some good.
  3. Sleep – Sleeping is my second favorite thing I like to do in the world. It’s also when our bodies recover and rest. It is essential to get as much sleep as you can during stressful times.
  4. LAUGH – Laughing is my first favorite thing I like to do in the world! And as we all know, laughter is the best medicine.

May has its benefits: longer days, warmer weather, the aroma of jasmine, honeysuckle, and magnolia… But it’s also a slow, stressful crawl to summer. We can do this, people. Grab a coping mechanism, and hold on.

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