mental health, wellness

10 cheap ways to have a more fulfilling summer (it’s not too late)

Fourth of July seems like months ago. In a few weeks it will be August and for some school’s going to start soon, again. It will be back to the grind, again.

Here are a few simple ways to make sure you enjoy the rest of your summer, using what you already have in the house:

  1. Summer cleaning. I know it may seem overwhelming, but starting at a small section or categories can do wonders. Imagine how much better you’d feel when you are surrounded only by the things you love. Get rid or donate the things that no longer serves you or things that don’t spark joy anymore. You have permission to clear out space for what you don’t need to prepare you for bigger and better things. I have reorganized the sock drawers recently and found 147 pairs in there. I sure don’t need that much, so I ended up donating more than half. I’m also referring to the condiment packets. If they have been staring at you for years, it’s about time to toss them out. Just do it.
  2.  Spend more time with your pet, even if it means just sitting next to them, stroking his belly or tempting them while you eat. While you may have friends and have the potential to meet people, they only have you. Truth.
  3. Draw, color, make art. While waiting at a restaurant, I noticed the paper placemats, so I whipped out a pencil and start doodling. That was so much fun in such an unexpected way. The result was magical and I got to learn that there’s an artist inside everyone even if you didn’t think so.
  4. Have spa days/nights. Think manicures, pedicures, cutting nail, snipping calluses, or just soaking your feet in warm water. Put on relaxing music. Light up a candle. Ooouu..ahh.
  5. Turn leftovers into new meals. Yup, the leftover tea leaf dressing was mixed with organic Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red pepper, grapes, and cheese to make my lunch today.
  6. Make food and share it with a neighbor. My neighbor introduced me to pizzelles, and I am hooked. I later ordered 50 pizzelle waffles from my neighbor for a potluck. They were a big hit.
  7. Add juice to an ice tray or popsicle mold to make your own juicy ice cubes or popsicles. It’s important to stay cool in the heat, you know?
  8. Write handwritten thank you notes, send a quick email or text to a friend. Gratitude is never out of trend and I’m bringing stationary back.
  9. Take a walk, with or without Pokemon Go. Notice nature – the sights, sounds, and smells. Stay aware of your surroundings. Take a deep breath and let it all go. Repeat.
  10. Have quiet time. Whether it’s 5, 15, or 30 minutes. Develop a consistent practice now to experience true peace and happiness.

And there you have it, folks. These activities will likely bring you instant joy and peace. They can be done by yourself or with friends, kids, neighbors, families, you name it. Please enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool.



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