Everyone knows that it is the busiest time of year for most campground owners/operators. With busy times usually comes stress. Here are a few ways to combat stress this busy season at your park:
1. Breathe Deeply
Ok, so I know this is hard to do sometimes but, according to WebMD, simply breathing deeply is a powerful stress fighter. It helps you:
- Lower stress hormones
- Lower your heart rate
- Bring down your blood pressure
And the best part about this one is you don’t even have to get out of your chair to heavily suck in some awesome O2!
I can personally vouch for this one. Waking up a little earlier than normal and going out on a mile run, going for a swim, or even walking a few laps around your park for just 20 minutes a day boosts endorphins which not only relieves your stress level but makes you a happy person all around 🙂 Also, exercise can help you sleep which also reduces stress.
3. Eat Well
This one is tough for me, but I do find when I am on a diet and eating more than a few salads a month I seem to not let the craziness get to me. Foods rich in vitamin C, like grapefruits and oranges are great options that help reduce those ugly stress hormones. In addition, eating foods rich in Omega-3, which are found in salmon and other fish, are another great source to calm the stress in your busy life.
4. Get your beauty rest!
This may seem like a simple one but getting 7+ hours of sleep a day will drastically reduce the temptation to snap at one of your undeserving employees 🙂 Here are a few tips that encourage a good night’s sleep:
- Go to bed and wakeup at the same time every day (this gets your body into a rhythm which it likes)
- Avoid caffeine after 3 pm and avoid late night snacks
- Exercise Regularly
5. Trust your team members
This can be very tough when dealing with the seasonal hires that most parks deal with, but trusting your team to do what they are paid to do can relieve a huge burden for you. Micro-managing is a hard habit to kick, but when you do release control you will feel like weight has been lifted off of your shoulders, even if the job isn’t completed 100% the way you would do it 🙂
I hope you enjoyed these few tips to relieve stress during this busy season at the park. Let me know what tactic works best for you in the comments below!
If you are still operating your park on a dated software platform or even pencil and paper and you are not seeing new reservations when you come in to the office in the mornings, it may be time to give your friends over at Sunrise a call. We would love to help relieve stress by setting you up with our awesome software 🙂