Ah, summer…. The sun is shining, the breeze is warm, the flowers are blooming…
Before we know it, it will be gone – so better make the most of it while we can!
There is no better way to enjoy the summer months than to get outside and get your body moving. Whether it’s going for a walk or a run, heading to the lido for a swim, or playing frisbee in the park with friends, now is the time to feel fresh air on your face and get your heart pumping!
Before you know it, the kids will be heading back to school and friends will once again be busy with work—so make a point of scheduling time with the people you love while the sun is still shining and the days are still long…
Summer is the best time to refocus your diet for one big reason: everything green is in season! Fruit and vegetables taste best when they are fresh and local. Visit your local farmer’s market and see what’s on offer or sign up for a veg box delivery and start enjoying a rainbow of healthy and delicious foods.
According to the National Trust, August in the UK is a great time for peas, apples, beans, blueberries, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, courgette, cucumber, lettuce, marrow, plums, raspberries, spinach, strawberries and sweetcorn.
Turn off your phone.
Go on, do it. Don’t just put it on silent or vibrate, turn it OFF. Leave the house without it—for an entire day.
How does it feel? Stressful? Or liberating?
Even just a small break from our smartphones can help us take more notice of the world around us and connect with other people in a deeper way. Do yourself a favour and take time every now and then to just be—without the safety of your screens.
Many of us go on holiday during the summer months, but the reality is that travel can be cost prohibitive—and the trip never seems to last long enough! But there’s no reason you can’t use your summer days off to treat yourself to a staycation (even if it’s just the weekend).
Head to the local park or beach with a blanket, a book and a picnic and spend a day relaxing in nature. Or, be a tourist in your own town—do all the touristy things you never get a chance to do in your daily life. See the sights, take a walking tour, learn some history—you might discover something you didn’t know before!
Summer is a great time to try something new. Whether it be a new sport, a new hobby, or a fun class, learning something new can challenge your brain and revitalise your spirit. If you’re stuck for ideas, cooking classes are a great way place to start!
Do you dine ‘al-desko’? Or eat a rushed sandwich on your way back from from the high street shops? Most of us get a full hour for lunch, yet the average time spent on lunch in 2019 is only 16 minutes!
Break the habit while the weather is nice. Take your lunch to a local park, or use the extra 44 minutes for a brisk walk. Your concentration will improve, and you’ll be more productive in the long run.
Old friends you haven’t seen in a while, or family from the other side of the country—why not extend an invitation to host some guests from out of town? Summer is a great time to visit, and people usually have a bit more flexibility with work around this time of year.
If you don’t have any out-of-town friends to invite, why not look closer to home and host a BBQ or dinner party?
Summer is a fantastic time for play! Let yourself unwind a little and do something a bit ridiculous. Be creative—the point is to do something FUN and out of the ordinary!
Summer reads are best known for being a bit lighter than the normal fare, but the warmer months are actually a great time to dig into that classic you’ve been meaning to read for ages.
If you’re stuck for recommendations, check out Waterstones’ Best Books to Look Out For in 2019.