From The Positive Perspective.......
Whether a business owner, stay-at-home parent, employee or volunteer of the year, it's important to remind yourself to take a break once in a while. We all work so hard to make use of every minute of every day to its fullest potential. Use that same ethic to focus on relaxing a little.
I applaud the work ethic of some companies to offer golf outings or a barbecue offsite to allow business employees to connect in a different atmosphere. That change in venue can help foster new ideas due to different environmental influences. Of course as a marriage therapist, I support these activities with the understanding that appropriate behavior is maintained at all times.
I encourage the stay-at-home parent who has no other environment to "go to", to be able to set a boundary at home with your children that Mom or Dad needs this 30 minutes to relax or read or get some fresh air without interruption. Just being able to focus on yourself and your thoughts for a moment can be a new and exciting feeling.
Younger children tend to like the old standard kitchen timer. Have them go play in their room alone or in another safe environment and come out when the timer goes off. Set it for 10 minutes or 60 minutes....your choice. With just that small break, you might be shocked to see that playtime together will be even better. Patience with this process is crucial, though. Depending on the age of the child, it may take several times before they understand. Or use your child's nap time to read the novel you keep trying to finish. Do something small for yourself if you can. You might be amazed at the renewed energy you feel when that time is up.
If you are a business owner, as I am, it's tough sometimes to take that break. Taking a day off of networking can be so good for your soul. Setting work boundaries in your home environment is important as well. We could all work on our businesses 24/7 and still not get everything done, but remember who and what you are working so hard for. If you don't ever take the time to enjoy your life, your spouse, significant other or family or friends, then who/what are you really working for? I give you permission to take the time to laugh and be silly - just a little. Your business will be fully waiting for you again the following day.
So how do you want to use the rest of your summer? Take the time away from your busy schedule to enjoy your family, your friends and your work and be in the moment with them. It helps to look at it From the Positive Perspective........