How to make time to slow down this summer

How to make time to slow down this summer

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The kids are out of school, summer weather is here, and today is the first day of June. Hellllloooo summer!  

I was reminded recently that we can let our summer happen to us, or we can be proactive and design the summer we want. I don’t know about you, but one full of adventure, magic, and memories sounds nice.

A summer like that won’t happen all on its own, but with a little bit of thought, we can make it happen. All it takes is a little break from our everyday routines – an adventure or two.

In a recent podcast, Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, pointed out that when we disrupt our routine a little bit, and embrace the magic of summer, it can make time feel as if it’s slowing down. Having a break in our year, something fun and different to look forward to, can make our life more rich and memorable.

Doesn’t that sound lovely??

Even for busy, full-time professionals, summer can be a chance to break up our routine. Here are some really simple ideas I’ve come across that could make your summer special.

  • Have a fun lunch date every week with friends, family, and coworkers – switch up your date or your location each time
  • Try a new group activity each weekend like free yoga in the park, local hiking or swimming.
  • Have a cook-off competition with your friends and family.
  • Explore new foods! Try as many summer vegetables (ones that you don’t normally eat) as you can.
  • Explore a different park in NC each week.
  • Design your own bucket list of adventures to complete by the end of summer.
  • Join us on our Well-Balanced community adventures!

Food for thought:

Will your summer just happen to you or will you make it magical?

Tell us in the comments how you will design your summer!

How to make time to slow down this summer

 

Posted in Wellness Wednesday.