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Remember to Summer

by Leslie Webb ASEBP | June 11 2020

This has been one memorable spring. Who would have thought we’d be making the kind of history we have been by experiencing a global pandemic? I, for one, am looking forward to social distancing, toilet paper shortages and “speaking moistly” all becoming a chapter in a history book instead of our current reality.

Part of that history-making is how many of us have moved our work into our homes and, in doing so, how the boundaries between our work and home lives have continued to blur even more. It’s become a little easier to let work creep into our personal time—you work just a little longer to finish that one last thing, maybe you skip your normal break time or you simply don’t pack up your workspace at the end of the day, making it more difficult to completely turn your work “off.”

And it’s not just a one-way street, either: our personal lives also creep into our work lives. Video meetings get drowned out by someone making their lunch while you work from the kitchen, or someone needs help with their homework or simply wants a hug. We’ve all had to be even more conscious about prioritizing our work-life balance so we can purposefully engage in our home lives.

As we move into summer, it’s as important as ever to make sure we set those boundaries. You’ve worked all year for a summer vacation, so even though many plans have been postponed, cancelled or changed, you still deserve a break. If you find yourself asking, “What’s the point of summer if I can’t do any of the fun things I had planned?,” just remember that it’s still summer—and it’s all yours!

Get out and explore everything our fine province has to offer. Swim in a freshwater lake, take a hike on a boreal forest trail, visit the mountains, explore some local attractions…the list goes on.

Beyond the natural attractions, here are just a few ideas to help you keep your summer full and ensure your stay-cation still feels like a vacation:

  • Travel Alberta is a great place to start when planning your summer stay-cation. They even have itineraries already prepared so you can just pack up and go!
  • Check out Alberta Parks for a list of all the natural spaces and places to go! Even if it’s only for a day trip, there’s plenty to explore.
  • Support local small businesses and visit a farmers’ market or two. If you’re looking for something even fresher, and want a family activity tossed in, be sure to check out some of the pick-your-own locations throughout the province—yum!
  • Embrace Alberta’s history by scheduling visits to some of our historic sites and places.
  • If you’re setting out on a day trip, don’t forget to include some selfie stops at Alberta’s Largest Roadside Attractions. See how many you can visit over the summer!
  • Check out ALIGN for a list of free or discounted entertainment and recreation programs in Alberta.
  • Not sure what’s open or what you’re allowed to do? Remember to call ahead and check out Alberta's COVID-19 guidance for the current state of what is and isn’t permitted in the province.

Here in Alberta, we’re lucky to have so many unique and interesting things to choose from. People from all over the world have come to Alberta for all the things we have right in our own backyard! And really, it doesn’t matter what you choose: the important thing is that you disengage from work, commit to your vacation (whatever it ends up being) and re-energize your soul so that, come the fall, you’re the best version of yourself that you can be.

If you have any other great tips to share for making the most of a summer at home, share them in the comments below—I’d love to hear them!

Leslie Webb

With a career focused on addiction, mental health and health promotion, Leslie, one of ASEBP’s workplace wellness consultants, is always on the hunt for wellness ideas—and chocolate! Is it at the end of a rainbow, like a pot of gold? She may not know that answer, but she could tell you exactly where any of your misplaced things have gone. Just don’t ask her to grab them off the top shelf for you. That’s what ladders are for, right, Leslie?