3 Ways To Get More From Summer

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Everyone wants to be able to enjoy their summer as fully as possible, but for some people it’s just not that easy to relax and make the most of the long summer evenings. We all have our favourite season and the simple fact is that some people just aren’t big fans of this time of the year.

There can be any number of reasons, ranging from warmer days, birds signing in the morning (meaning less sleep in some cases) and the dreaded gardening duties that this time of the year can often bring with it. If you’re not usually a fan of summertime, here are three things to consider doing that may help make the coming weeks a little easier to get through.

Get Your Children Ready For School

Okay, so we know the school year is only just finishing, but the new term won’t be long coming in, so having something to work towards can help to focus your mind this summer.

You will find it so much easier to enjoy yourself over summer if you know that you have arranged all of those things which are particularly important at the end of the summer, and school essentials will be near the top of the list for many.

One of those which often causes particular pain for a lot of people is getting the children ready for school. There is so much that you need to think about there, and so the earlier that you have it all arranged, the sooner you can start to really enjoy your holiday for what it is.

That means going out and getting the necessary clothing, sewing those name labels into them, getting whatever supplies and books your children need, and ensuring that they have all that they require. Do that now, and you can enjoy your summer in a much freer and fresher way. Plus, you’ll not have to worry about the mad rush in the shops come the last week of August.

Be Present

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Whatever it is that you happen to be doing throughout the summer, you should aim to do so with as much of your presence as you possibly can muster.

Being present in each and every situation is the kind of skill that takes many years to develop, but the only way to get good at it is to practice now. For us, this means trying to have friends and family around and spending time with them at our home, along with just trying to be present and more cheery around one another. The warmer weather has a habit of making us cheerier 🙂

Once you are being present in the moment – paying attention to the here and now, and not getting lost in thoughts of the future or the past – you will find that you enjoy whatever is going on here and now much more, and that the concerns of other times do not bother you quite so much.

By being present this summer, you will actually find that the whole summer seems to last so much longer, and that it is so much more enjoyable.

Make Plans – But Have Lots of Free Time

There is something great about having plans for the summer. It means that you are going to be able to enjoy yourself as you know that you have plenty to look forward to.

But it is also going to mean that you are tied down, so it’s good to find an essential kind of freedom in that process at the same time. The better that you can do that, the more likely it is that you will truly, fully enjoy yourself, so make sure that you are going to focus on remaining free while still having some plans in place.

Got Something To Add?

What do you try to do to get the summer months in (that doesn’t involve jetting off to warmer climates). Let us know by commenting below.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Helen, Nial and Lewis.

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