How to make the most of your summer

How to make the most of your summer

The sun is out and so do most people when it’s summertime. It’s the time of the year that people tend to go on holiday and travel the world, but it’s also the most expensive time to do so. In my view, summer has so much more to offer! So, let’s take a look at how you can make more of your summer this year.

Learn something new

I find that summer is the perfect time to learn something new! Days are longer, the sun gives me so much more energy and usually, it’s a bit more quiet at the office. So, although I wouldn’t recommend spending days inside during a training, you could read informative books or listen to enlightening podcasts in the sun.

Although the summer is a great time to relax and recharge from the rest of the year, it’s also the perfect time to get inspired. So, instead of reading fictional books like I usually do in winter, I prefer learning something. For me, this is often in the realm of personal efficiency or communication tactics, but it could also be in many other areas. You could even follow online courses whilst sitting in the sun!

Enjoy outside activities

Since the weather tends to get nicer in summer, at least where I live, it’s the perfect time to soak up the sun in a responsible manner (wear your sunscreen!) and go outside! However, when you’re used to relaxing with netflixing inside, laying in bed and more inside activities, it may seem difficult to entertain yourself. Here are some suggestions!

Picnics and terraces

Watching people is my all-time favourite hobby. And in my opinion, there’s no place like a park or in the city to do it. Sitting in the sun with a gin tonic and friends, maybe with some snacks, is the perfect day in my opinion. Therefore, I’ll be meeting outside all throughout summer. I have friends that are still students and a few that have jobs, so I tend to do picnics with my student friends, because of their financial situation, and go to terraces with my working friends. I don’t mind both though.

Exercise

Although I’m not the most sporty type, summer does make exercising way more inviting. These are the things that get me going:

1. Water activities

Think sailing, windsurfing and swimming in an outside pool or natural waters. Nothing makes me feel so free as being in water. It’s cooling and makes you feel like you’re weightless.

2. Slacklining

Ever heard of this? It’s basically just walking on a cord between two trees, trying to maintain your balance. It’s lowkey and perfect to do when the weather’s warm, because it doesn’t make you feel too warm, but it does train all your muscles at once.

3. Walking and cycling

I’m always in for a long, relaxing walk. It’s great for your mental health and opposed to very intense exercise, it doesn’t ask too much from your muscles, whilst you’re still burning calories. It’s a win-win in my view.

During the pandemic, I started walking an hour every day and in weekends, I’d walk for about 3 hours per day. It kept me fit and helped me to keep my mind clear. It still does actually, although I’m not as strict anymore, because I’ve returned to the office.

Cycling is also a great way to get in the sun and your movement during the day, especially if you can cycle to work or the supermarket. So, since the weather is getting better, go for it!

Traveling

Yes, I know I said there is much more to do in the summer than traveling, but let’s be honest; traveling is amazing! I could talk about the amazing things I’ve seen and learned on my travels, but I can explain it better in my post about why I love traveling.

Festivals

I love going to festivals, especially since there is a festival for everyone; think of food festivals, several types of music festivals, arts festivals or sports festivals. In my opinion, a festival is the perfect way to share your hobbies with your friends and loved ones whilst relaxing in the sun. I personally love music festivals of any kind, which I tend to go to with my dad, but I also enjoy an extreme sports festival every once in a while.

Seasonal foods

Something I love about summer is all the seasonal foods that become available. It’s obviously the perfect season for a good barbecue. However, it’s also great for experimenting with salads, mediterranean or asian recipes, and many, many fruits. So, apart from loads of meat at barbecues, it’s also a great season to eat very healthy and take care of yourself. It’s also the perfect season to hydrate, since you’ll need it out in the sun. So, I’d recommend experimenting with cucumber water, citrus water, etc. I like to keep normal tap water in the fridge and some ice cubes in the freezer for hot days.

Walking barefoot

This may seem like a weird one, but I love being able to walk barefoot. When I walk barefoot through my house or grass, it makes me feel more in touch with my surroundings. During winter, this is way too cold. However, in the summer I welcome the cooling touch of my wooden floors or cooling grass to my feet. I do wash my feet every evening when I do this though, because they tend to get dirtier throughout the day obviously. And afterwards, I’d recommend putting on some body butter, foot cream or baby oil on your feet to keep them moisturised and hydrated.

All and all, it’s time to get back into nature, your body and to connect with others again! What do you love most about the summer and what’s your favourite season? A while ago, I also looked at all the benefits of spring if you’re interested. If you want more content like this, please subscribe and get my free e-book to help you save money to buy new furniture. You can also find me on InstagramPinterest and Twitter, so you’ll never have to miss a new post.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Hi there! My name is Lisa and I am the author of Mind and Body Intertwined. I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in psychology. During my study, I found out how much the mind and the body are connected and it fascinated me, which is why I started my blog. Would you like to join me on this little corner of the world?

29 Comments on “How to make the most of your summer

  1. These are all amazing ideas! I really love to enjoy the weather and read outside, it’s such a great way to enjoy it x

  2. Some lovely ideas here. I’m trying to make the most of Summer a bit more this year. The weather has been pretty perfect – not too hot but a lovely temperature.

  3. These are some really great suggestions to help make the most of the summer months and sunshine. I have made a bit of a bucket list on things I would like to this summer to ensure I enjoy the most out of this time. Thank you for sharing your tips!

    Lauren

  4. Great ideas of how we can make the most of our summer. Our family will be taking the opportunity to be together by going to the beach and the zoo every chance we get as well as a week long vacation where we can get away from the hustle of daily life.

  5. Eating seasonal is one of my favourite things in summer, after all, the berries are so much nicer when they’re local.

  6. This summer I’ve been making more if an effort to go outside and move my body. Traveling is also on my to do list. Great post!

  7. These are great recommendations for the summer. Basking in the sun while learning something new sounds nice. The sunshine is the perfect weather for outdoors activities with friends too. I love the idea of attending festivals and enjoying seasonal foods. Right now it’s the start of rainy season where I am, so there’s not much sunshine these days.

    • Thank you very much! And it really is a versatile season 😊 It’s a shame that you’re not able to enjoy the sun right now, but I hope it’s coming soon again for you?

  8. I loveeee this post and love every tips, I love walking bare foot something about being grounded with the earth feels so good for my soul!! Thank you for sharing!!

  9. I’m definitely going to enjoy some seasonal food and spending some time in nature; both lovely ways to relax and show myself some love. I really like your other suggestions, especially about learning something new; great tip!

  10. I love the ideas! Learning something new in the summer is something I always try to do but rarely fufil it haha. But this year I am on placement as part of my uni course so I’ll be learning lots of new things which I’m really excited about 🙂

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