#SummerReady: How to remain stress-free and staycation

#SummerReady: How to stay stress-free

Whether you're hitting the road or taking to the skies this summer, drama is the last thing you need to pack. When it comes to tackling travel, experts say patience and planning is paramount. 

"Try to build some flexibility into your schedule because things never work out exactly the way they're supposed to," said Dr. Daniel Pearson, psychiatrist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

For parents who are worried about what to do with your kids all day every day this summer -- think of ways to offer them some sort of schedule. Organize a calendar for when to eat, sleep, learn, and play. And remember to limit electronics and screen time.

"Having structure and having a rhythm to the day I think for a lot of children is reassuring. But also have some downtime," said Dr. Pearson.

Finally, if you dread shopping for swimwear -- stop stressing! Cover-ups like sarongs and oversized button downs are cool; one-pieces are wonderful and skirts are "in."

Lilly Neubauer from Saint Bernard Sports in Dallas' Inwood Village offered this pro-tip: accessorize with fun hats, big sunglasses, sassy jewelry, and wedge heels to give the appearance of longer legs.

"It takes focus off just [your trunk]," said Neubauer.

Most importantly, you've got to become comfortable with yourself -- inside and out!

"A lot of us bend down to pick up our kids, or you want to jump onto a float and just feeling like your bathing suit has your back... your bathing suit needs to work for you," said Neubauer.

We compiled a list of summer staycation ideas in North Texas for families looking for fun, memorable experiences close to home:

MUSEUMS AND AQUARIUMS

FUN WITH WATER

GO OUTSIDE 

SPORTS

SEE A SHOW

RIDE RIDES

FREE FUN

  • First Monday Trade Days in Canton
  • Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Klyde Warren Park
  • Fort Worth Water Gardens
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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