Have You Heard?
Or more like, have you seen the piles of back to school flyers clogging up your mailbox already? Don’t the retailers know we’re not even halfway through the summer break and life is better in flip-flops?
The midsummer blues are like a longer, drawn out version of Sunday, where you spend half the day mentally prepping for the return to work. Whether its kids taking a break from school, or adults escaping the office, breaks are important. Research suggests that diversions from a task can dramatically improve our ability to focus, and also increase overall productivity and mood. In other words, you’re defeating the purpose of a summer break if are spending half your time worrying about it being over.
What Can I Do?
Everything possible to make summer longer, so you have more time to do nothing. Focus on the time you have left, stop looking at the calendar and don’t mentally put yourself in the workplace or classroom until you are physically there, too. (If you’ve forgotten all your passwords, you’re well on your way.) If the deluge of back to school flyers is bringing you down, put a hold on your junk mail until September. And for all those stores (ahem, you know who you are), who are already stocking snowsuits, please talk to the hand.