I can’t tell you how nice it is to wake up every morning with rays of sunshine peeking through my window and the sound of birds singing. When I look out the window I see a family of quails living in my bushes. I get such a kick at watching the momma quail run back into the bushes with at least 10 mini quails right behind. I can’t say I envy her; she must really enjoy nap time. As I was researching on what to write about this month, I found out its anti-boredom month, which took me by surprise. When I think of summer, I think of fun and a lot of outdoor fun. Although, after the Fourth of July, it seems things tend to slow down. Since it’s right in the middle of summer, the temperature outside can reach triple digits at some points. If we’re bored, it might not be safe for us to go out in the heat unless it’s early in the morning or later when the sun starts to set.
What are some things we can do to battle boredom halfway through the summer? As a mom of young children, right after breakfast, which is early but children don’t seem to sleep inn, we head outside to let them play and let out all of their energy. The morning is perfect because it’s not as hot and it’s when they have the most energy. While the children get to play, I get to increase my steps by chasing them around. By the time we go back inside, they’re ready for a snack and a nap. We also play board games. These types of games are always fun because everyone in the family can participate. My family recently played Jenga with my four year old and he left me very surprised on how gracious he was to not knock down our tower. We also played Connect Four. Needless to say, my four year old was also good at playing it, but I have a feeling it was all luck. Board games make our brains work while we have a good time, and why not add a little prize for an extra excitement.
It’s always easy to run out of ideas and think we have nothing new to do, but we have so much around us to have a good time. Thanks to today’s technology, it’s so easy to connect with our relatives and friends that aren’t near us. When we are feeling like we have ran out of things to do reach out to them catch up and they might give us new ideas and activities to try.
I tend to stick to my routines, so it can be challenging to think outside the box to keep my children and myself busy. This is a great time to think outside the box. This summer, try out new things, think of ideas where you can have a good time and sneak in some physical activity. In the meantime, you can learn what your family members’ secret talents might be. Some bucket list items for this summer are to hike with both of our kids (wish me luck) and try out rock climbing. What activates will you plan for the summer to avoid boredom?
Jessica Arroyo – Wenatchee WA – Jessica Arroyo is a community liaison for Health Alliance Northwestä, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties in Washington. She was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two very busy kids. Like this article? Feel free to respond to VantagePoint@HealthAlliance.org. Thanks for reading!