This year, after much discussion, my sons and I decided on a “staycation” for our Summer Break week. Abandoning a trip to the beach, at least initially, was difficult for all of us. Partly it was driven by other activities already planned and committed to. Partly because of the short time we had, and the amount of driving that would be required. In the end, when we got right down to what we wanted, it was to spend time together, playing board games, visiting with friends, cooking, and sometimes, just chilling.
So we made a difficult decision, based on what would be the least stressful, most enjoyable option. What a great choice! We had not one, but two belated birthday celebrations at fun local restaurants, went swimming with friends at their pool, learned some new board games, and had friends over for some really great older board games. Grabbing some new recipes, we hit the kitchen and created culinary genius, which we then thoroughly enjoyed consuming. We read books, took walks and naps, laughed until our sides ached, and were very sorry to see it all end.
Sometimes, reducing stress is not the most obvious first choice. Other times, when it really makes sense to do less, take on a slightly smaller version of the big idea, or tackle only a portion of a huge job, we can realize success while maintaining our peace of mind, and joy.
Our summer break decision was a great opportunity to see how delightful a time we could have, and everyone remain in a stress-free zone for the better part of the week. We will probably take a travel vacation in the future, but this summer’s staycation will long be the