Another month has arrived in ABQ, and despite the hail covering the ground in Rio Rancho and snow on the Sandias, we have turned the calendar towards summertime months! May is often associated with Mother’s Day, graduation ceremonies, and for school-aged students of all ages (and teachers) the approach of the end of the school year. Questions such as, “Do you have any special summer plans?” or “Are you taking a vacation?” are common, and the not-so-common factor can be planning for unique summer experiences right in your own home or community. Anticipating holidays and vacations can be a lot of fun, no doubt! There are also opportunities for “stay-cations” that allow individuals, couples and families opportunities for exploring the neighborhood, local area, or taking inexpensive day-trips. These mini-cations can create a wonderful and refreshing (physical, emotional, and mental) break.
Here are several ideas to think about weaving into your summertime:
1) bring back game night (break out the Monopoly, Scrabble, Parchisi). The old-fashioned “board games” (where you open up the box instead of the computer program, chose who gets to use the race car, shoe or top hat, and figure out peaceably who gets to be the banker)!
2) Check out the discount movie theaters in town that offer discount matinees with prices that allow a family to attend a movie together. The popular and originally first-run movies often end up at these theaters.
3) Get out the Twister board game! A rousing game can count as daily exercise if you do it with gusto!
4) Aim to reduce technology by percentage points. Start with a 5% reduction of the time you spend on a daily basis on the computer, internet, checking emails, texting, and figure out “what else” you can do with that time that contributes to your interests, family-time, or doing something new. Work up to 10%, 15%, 20%, and “feel” the difference with interpersonal communication. Wishing you sun-filled (and warm) days.