Summer: most relaxing time of the year, all sunshine and rainbows and free time…
Welllll…. not exactly.
If your summer’s anything like mine, it can be hard to take a break sometimes. Between a job, an internship, and trying to maintain a social life (insert infamous meme of diagram detailing how you can’t have time for everything) sleep and “me time” can take a back burner. However, with a little bit of care and attention, you can have those things too. If you’re one of those people that has to have something going on all hours of the day (I feel you) here are some much needed tips to taking care of yourself and taking breaks in the middle of your hectic life.
- Step Outside– Every summer up until this one, I worked outside all day playing with kids at a summer recreation program. I had a blast and it was awesome to be outside all day long, and going from that to working in offices all day Monday through Friday has been a bit of an adjustment. Looking outside my office window longingly on a sunny day has not been the best of times, but that doesn’t mean if you live that office life you can’t find time to go outside too! My recommendations: go on bike rides after work, the cooler temperatures in the evening are better anyways, go on frequent walks at a local park, and find ways to fit in nature time on the weekends. Yesterday a couple of my friends and I went hiking to the Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge Park and it felt amazing to get outside, work up a sweat, and have hours of great hiking conversation. There are lots of areas in Western New York to go hiking, and we’re not a far drive from some truly amazing waterfalls and lakes.
- Make lists– Honestly, I think list making might be one of my favorite activities ever. There is something about making a list that just gets me going. I struggle with organization, so putting my thoughts into an organized list feels like a huge accomplishment and ends up being one of the most stress relieving things I do. At the beginning of summer, I went through and found most of the events coming up in the area and compiled a master list of everything that would be fun to do this summer, organized by date. Now, whenever something comes up, I add it to that list, and I have something for nearly every weekend and tons of weekdays for the next few months. This is the perfect cure for my boredom and FOMO (fear of missing out) because everything I could want to do is on that list. I also make to-do lists when everything is too much to remember, shopping lists, trip lists, and for my internship I make guides and lists. Even this post is a list. Long story short I’m obsessed and if I have “me time” I generally spend it doing this.
- Spend a morning at outdoor flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores or garbage picking– This is a favorite pastime of my Dad and mine, we love scoring great finds. In the summer, garage sales pop up left and right on the weekends. The best time to go is bright and early on a Friday, before all of the good stuff has been picked over, but I still have good luck on Saturdays too. I’m moving into a new apartment next weekend (!!!) and I am still in need of quite a bit of furniture and a lot of decorations, and since I’m on a budget, I try to find as much secondhand as I can. Some of my scores so far this summer include a small, woven rug and a funky old Pier 1 chair. Finding unique items can be a fun game and it’s a great way to spend a relaxing, yet productive, morning. You know I love thrifting for clothes, but furniture and home goods can be just as fun. If you love to re-purpose your finds too, check out one of my favorite Youtubers, Mary Elizabeth, for inspiration and ideas.
- Listen to music and surf Pinterest– Lastly, this is probably one of the most relaxing activities on this list. Light a candle, chill in your bed, cozy up to your laptop and blast, or play softly as we’re trying to be relaxing, your favorite Chill Spotify playlist (here’s mine). Pinterest surfing always instantly relaxes me, from the cliche quotes you know you love (sometimes there’s a gem) to the beautiful outfits of bloggers around the world, to travel photos and food, it puts me in an instantly better mood.
P.S. If you live in the Buffalo area, I’m writing for Step Out Buffalo, a website that has everything you need to know about Buffalo, from great city guides to new restaurants and events. If you want to read some of my content, here are some of my personal favorites: 11 Best Spots in Buffalo to Watch an Outdoor Movie This Summer, Your Ultimate Guide to Glamping Within a 6 Hour Drive from Buffalo, 100 WNY Patios to Chill On this Summer.
Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to take some time out to relax!
Love, Francesca 🙂