With summer slowly coming to a close, reality starts to kick back in. School is starting, parents are out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, and college students are preparing for their annual return to campus. While the last few weeks of summer may seem dreary, there are several ways you can end the season on a happy note.
Finish what you’ve started: Sometimes we find ourselves procrastinating things that are important because we simply believe, “I’ll have time later.” Of course, though, later never comes, and whatever it is, never gets done. There’s no better way to feel like you’ve accomplished something this summer by simply finishing that thing you have been putting off, no matter how big or small it is.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Many of us spent a lot of time worrying about things we have little or no control over, making our worries essentially worthless. Why waste our energy on needless worrying when you could be expanding it on some last minute summertime activities. Take the family to the waterpark, pool or on one last getaway. Sometimes even the simplest activities can turn out to be the most memorable. For many of us across the country, this is the one time of the year we can really enjoy the outdoors. Before the summer is over, get in at least one last outdoor activity; a ballgame, a trip to the beach, a hike in the mountains or a walk in the park. Do something ‘summery’ before the summer is over.
Prepare Now, and Save the Worry: How many times a week do we tell ourselves “I can study later,” or “I can start packing for college next week.” Then next week comes, it’s time to go, and you’re nowhere close to being ready. Take the time now to organize yourself for the semester or the next few months ahead. You’ll find yourself less likely to get bogged down in the things you could have done earlier, and this might even leave you a little extra time to get in one last fun activity. In fact, it’s also a great way to relieve some of the stress of going back to school. Studies show that being organized helps a person feel more organized internally and more in control of their own destiny and life.
Some Friends are Forever: Summertime is a great time to focus on your friendships, since you have more time and less distractions. While you still have some free time, ask yourself who you haven’t spoken to in a while. Give them a call and arrange to hang out.
On the other hand, think about who has become a dead weight in your life. Time to cut the line on those friends, making room for some new ones. Accept that people do change and grow each year. While we would like to think our friends are always going to grow with us, that’s simply not a realistic expectation. People are all different, and sometimes we grow in different, separate directions.
Don’t Let It Simmer: Sometimes we do something over the summer that leads to regret. Maybe we get into an argument with a best friend or ignore an invitation from our favorite cousin. Maybe we blew off one set of friends to spend more time with another. Whatever it may be, don’t let it simmer after the summer is over. Now is the perfect time to make amends, before the hectic pace of the fall and winter months make our lives more stressful and less forgiving.
Summertime is a great time to relax, recharge and re-organize your life and resources. Not just your outside life, but your inner self as well. Observe how things are going, what changes you would like to make, and set a plan for the fall. Once September hits, our lives usually become more hectic and continuously get busier as the holidays approach. So, until then, enjoy the last few weeks or summer!