The school year tends to drive a lot of our activities as a community because there is so much emphasis on kids being in school. It also drives our businesses, with some businesses (like counseling) tending to be busiest during the school year and other businesses (like museums) tending to be busiest when school is out. It can create stress, if some family members are busiest during the summer and others family members are bored because there aren't enough activities.
Lack of structure is another reason that summer can be stressful. In general, kids thrive on structure. They don't necessarily like it all the time, but they do best with clear boundaries and expectations. So if your house has turned to chaos in the 7 days since school let out, maybe that tells you that a little more structure is in order.
And then there's the matter of what to do with the kids. My husband grew up on a farm, so there was no lack of things to be done during the summer. That's not to say they didn't have any fun, but it was a family-run business and summer was about family. Unfortunately, many people in urban and suburban areas are not self-employed, so finding childcare is an added burden to the family finances, along with high gas prices and astronomical A/C bills (at least for us southerners).
So with all these competing priorities and added stresses, what is the point of summer? The point is rest. Few adults get real rest during the summer the way most kids do, but there are opportunities for rest and refreshment during the summer.
Since we have longer days, you have more time to go out for walks. When is the last time you stopped to watch what's going on in the bayous?
The extra daylight also provides more time for hobbies that have been neglected as well as time to gather with friends and family.
As human beings we're naturally happier and more energetic when we have more daylight. How much time are you spending in natural light?
Of course skin cancer is a concern, but in all our overly aggressive prevention of skin cancer we've removed ourselves from the helpful aspects of the sun - namely the fuel so our bodies can create Vitamin D. Have you had your vitamin D levels checked lately? Most of us are actually deficient in Vitamin D and that deficiency has been linked to depression and mood swings along with a host of other medical problems.
So even if summer just brings more of the same at your job, take a little time and enjoy the extra daylight, be rejuvenated by spending some time outdoors, and take time to notice the little wonders that God has put all around us.